Seniors – Step 1 Write a Resume

Having your resume ready is one of the easiest tasks of starting the resumecollege application process, yet it can have a tremendous impact on the overall outcome.

The student’s resume is an important reference guide for the teachers who will be writing your recommendations and a handy tool for yourself, for when you complete your applications, all of your activities and the participation dates are in one location. A teacher’s recommendation may be the tipping point of your application. Make sure they know all the super things you have done.

Your resume recaps almost four years of  your life and “paints” a picture of who you are. Categories to include:

Education – High school name, GPA, level of courses such as AP/Honors

Leadership – Highlight if you were a team captain*, club officer, work manager or in Scouting

Volunteer – Activities may be church or community related

Athletics – List the sports, the years you participated (9th, 10th…). *Alternatively,  you may want to list if you were a team captain in this area.

Extracurricular – This includes everything else; dance, yearbook, etc.

Work Experience – Colleges love kids who have part time jobs!

Photo: A small thumbnail photo in the upper right corner makes you more memorable!

Most Proud Of – This is a 1 or 2  sentence statement that personalizes your resume. It is not typical of a resume to include this, but it will help your recommenders with writing about you, i.e.: Most Proud Of: As avid outdoors person, over the past ten years I have hiked  in more than 15 US National Parks, including Yellowstone (WY), Everglades (FL) and Denali (AK).

first impression The resume is a useful ice-breaker. Bring copies of it with you to campus visits, college fairs, or if colleges visit your high school.  It is a great way to make a memorable impression.  Let an admissions officer know that you are greatly interested in their school and ask them if they would like to see your resume. Many will decline (large state schools- not interested!) but often smaller liberal arts colleges view this favorably.

Later in the application process, a resume will be helpful if you are applying for local scholarships or interviewing with a college representative.

Parents can play an active role in organizing the student’s resume since it is not submitted with the college application. Organizing applications, essays, test dates and deadlines along with a full course load is a challenge for a high school senior. Some parental assistance on the administrative and organizational side can be helpful.