How to Write a High School Resume
If you’re a junior and plan on applying to colleges that do not accept all who apply (which is most colleges), you’re going to be in direct competition for that one spot in a freshman class. That’s where a high school resume – a lot like a professional resume – comes into play. It’s a tool to market yourself, something to make you stand out from all the rest.
Here’s where some serious reflection is needed so get out a piece of paper and something to write with or flip open your laptop and let’s get started. I know it’s tough, but ask someone in your family for a little help on this one. Someone who knows your accomplishments over the years – don’t worry – it will only take an hour, maybe less. There is a purpose behind it: to chronicle highlights of your academic and extracurricular career.
Starting with the ninth grade, list out the biggest academic honors you’ve achieved. Why start at the ninth instead of middle-school? Most colleges are only interested in the four years you spent in high school. Now, if you did something exceptional in middle or elementary school definitely put that down.
Academic honors include:
- Honor-Roll Recognition
- Essay-Writing Awards
- Science Competitions
Take the time during your discussion to thoroughly review your history and make notes of everything that comes up during the conversation.
School Related Extracurricular Activities – these include:
- Clubs you belonged to
- Class offices you’ve held
- School Newspaper
Non-School Related Extracurricular Activities – these include:
- Jobs you’ve held – yes, pizza delivery counts
Special Interests – these include:
Make sure to detail your uniqueness. Remember, you’re trying to paint a portrait of yourself that they will remember.
Put the items into chronological order – by category – when you’re finished listing everything. Give it a great title i.e. “John Smith: Achievement Summary.” Your two main categories should be “Academic” and “Other” or “Extra-Curricular.” Times periods should be: Elementary (if needed), Middle School (again, if needed), and Junior-Senior High School.
Hopefully, when you’re finished you will have a one-sheet profile listing your best work and activities. To offset the application’s limited space, you can include a copy of the resume with all your applications. Keep in mind that is you don’t market yourself – no one else is going to!
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