In October 2021, 61.8% of 2021’s high school graduates were enrolled at a college. This is around the same as the previous year.
Getting into college is a big task. Some students spend their entire time in high school cultivating the perfect college application. This high school profile that students present for their applications is called their high school resume.
Keep reading for some tips on how to write a high school resume.
What to Include in Your High School Resume
There’s a lot of information you include in your resume for high school, so make sure you’re keeping it concise.
These are some of the things you should include:
- Contact information
- Objective (short summary about yourself, like an elevator pitch)
- Work and volunteer experience
- Skills and hobbies
Don’t go into too much detail on each of these items. The resume should be a maximum of two full pages.
When it comes to things like work history and volunteer experience, you want to be able to show the depth of the work you were doing, not just list dates. This means you should prioritize giving slightly more details about certain experiences at the expense of including other events.
For example, go into some detail about a summer internship you did, but don’t include that you played tennis for a semester a few years ago. Focus on the quality of the information, not quantity.
Look Up Examples
There’s no shame in drawing inspiration from high school resumes that you know were successful. If you know anyone who has successfully gotten into college, ask to use their high school resume as an example.
There are lots of online resources to help you with this too.
Make a Good Impression
There are conventional layouts and formats for high school resumes. Make sure you’re following these outlines, using the correct headings, and remove any mistakes.
If you have been using the same email address since you were twelve and it’s got inappropriate words or isn’t your name, make sure you set up a new one. If you want a college to take you seriously, you need a professional email address.
A lot of college applications are digital now, so show your skills and make a good impression by providing everything your admissions officer might need. Link to the homepage of your schools or employers so they can get more information easily if they need it.
Be honest with your resume. If you’re lying or padding the truth and the college catches it (which they are good at) then you’re immediately rejected. It’s not worth the risk.
Write a Successful High School Resume
A good high school resume can be instrumental in landing you a spot in your choice college. But for it to do that, you’ve got to make sure you’re putting in the effort.
Using these high school resume tips, you’re bound to improve your chance of getting into your choice of college.
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