A résumé can be a strong indicator of sucess and can also be used to tout a student’s accomplishments, making them known to the admissions department and to other decision makers during the enrollment process. A well-developed and well-formatted résumé on excellent paper can set a student apart. Here are some tips for writing your résumé.

Heading

Name, address, phone and email should be included in the heading at the top of your résumé. Do not include your birth date, health status or Social Security number.  Only report these on your college application if requested.  Make sure your email address is professional.  Use Mary.Smith2009@yahoo.com rather than sassymary@yahoo.com.

Education

List your educational information with name and address of high school. Include your GPA and class rank if they make you stand out.

Activities

Include clubs, programs, community service organizations, sports and other activities you participated in during high school.  Also include activities outside of school through your church or community.

Special Projects

Include here things you did once or twice, not as an ongoing activity. Examples are participation in science fairs or one-day volunteer service.

Experience and Jobs

You may choose to list any jobs you have had with a brief description.

Awards

Your awards or any accomplishments can be listed here.

Formatting

Length: The average length of a student résumé is one page.  However, if you have a long list of awards and activities, then write a two- or even three-page résumé. Remember that you are selling yourself. If you have exceptional accomplishments as a high school student, you deserve to make sure the reader is aware of them.

Type Size: Use 10 or 11 point type for text, 12 point for headings, and 14 point for your name.

Paper: Use plain white paper.  Resist colors or designs; you want to impress your readers with content, not distract them with design.

Copies: Laser printing or high-quality photocopying of an original résumé is fine.  Copying a copy will not yield good, crisp quality and is usually not acceptable.

Tips

Update your résumé regularly—at least once a year. Add new summer activities, courses, community service, honors, activities and jobs.

Avoid writing anything negative.  Simply leave out the fact that you have a 1.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale. You don’t have to list everything—just everything that illustrates that you’re college material.

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