You'll need a resume for some college applications. You'll also need one when applying for a job, internship or even a volunteer position.
Your resume should be a brief, one to two page profile of your best work and activities. It will highlight what you’ve been doing during high school.
Here’s how to start putting together your resume. Change it to make it work best with your achievements. And, be sure to spell check and review with someone.
Check out this sample resume.
On the top include your name, address, phone number and email address. Be sure your email address and voicemail message aren’t offensive in any way.
Write a brief statement, one to two sentences, that describes what you are looking to do and/or accomplish. Ask yourself, What do you want to do? or What do you want to achieve at this job, internship or volunteer position?
List your high school(s) name, including location and years attended. Consider including your GPA or class rank.
Describe any academic awards, including honor or high honor roll, contests, essay writing or science fair awards. Include the date and a brief description. Put the awards in order starting with the most recent.
List everything you're involved in, including clubs, sports, art, music, drama, journalism, religious groups and volunteer activities. Remember to include school activities, too.
Describe both work and volunteer experiences. This may include a volunteer position at your church, community center or local organization. Work experience may include a part-time job, helping out with a family business, mowing lawns, delivering newspapers or babysitting. Include the job title, name of business/organization, location, dates and a brief description of responsibilities.
Include any special skills, trips, projects, interests or hobbies that are important to you or make you stand out.
Include the name, address, email address and phone number of two to three individuals who will give you a good reference. This may be a previous or current employer, mentor, or teacher. Be sure to let them know that you'd like to use them as a reference, and send them a thank you note.
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