Friday, March 27, 2015

How to Write a Resume: Step by Step

What is a resume? According to Big Future by College Board, “A resume is a document that sums up your skills, experiences, and accomplishments so a potential employer can quickly see whether you are a good fit for a position.” A well-crafted resume can set you apart from the crowd and can only benefit you in your efforts to obtain the job or opportunity you are applying for.

College Basics explains that it is very beneficial for high school students to have a resume so that they can gain insight into what makes them unique from other students. A resume provides the opportunity for students to highlight their most significant achievements, activities, and other special traits. Even if you don’t have formal work experience, you can include other types of work like babysitting or volunteer experience.

Study Point also provides great information on high school resumes, why to have one, what to include, and other tips.

Although every resume is different, there are a few general guidelines that you should follow: keep it concise, use a basic font (Times New Roman), and don’t use colored or decorated paper.

Now what should you include in your resume?

·         Name and contact information
This section should include your full name, address, phone number, and email address so that your employer can easily contact you with questions or follow-up information.

·         Personal statement or objectives
In this section of the resume you can write a personal statement that gives an overview of your qualities and qualifications or you can write an objective statement that explains the type of position you are looking for and other employment goals.

·         Relevant work experience
Even if it isn’t much, you should include any experience that shows you are reliable, responsible, and hardworking. You can include an after-school job, summer jobs, babysitting jobs, or internships. Make sure you keep track of the dates in which you held these positions so you can list that on your resume. You should also include your job title and a brief overview of your duties in each position.

·         Volunteer/Extracurricular experience
This is your chance to show your involvement and commitment. Are you a student-athlete? Are you in honors society or another school organization? Do you volunteer at a local food pantry? If so, you can include any of that information in this section. Also be sure to list any leadership positions you held in any of these activities.

·         Education
For now, just list the high school you attend and if you have received any AP or other college-level credit.

·         Skills
Everyone has some sort of valuable skills to offer to an employer. The most common skills in this section are software programs on the computer. You can also include any other languages that you speak or if you experienced with blogging, video editing, etc.

These are just guidelines for a basic model resume; however, it is important to tailor your resume to the job that you are applying for. Also be sure to keep your resume up to date with any new experience and skills that you acquire. Here is an example resume using the format listed above:

Sally Studente
35 South Elm Street
Lake Forest, OH 45276
Lake Forest High School – Lake Forest, OH
            September 2011 – May 2015
                        Received college credit for AP Physics and AP Calculus
Career Profile
Hardworking and committed student who excels at math and physics. Looking to further education and abilities with valuable experience.
Work Experience
Clippard YMCA Lifeguard
·   Work 15 hours a week
·   Certified in CPR

2012-2013 school year
·   Provide babysitting for families on evenings and weekends


Ohio University Upward Bound

·   Attend monthly workshops
·   Gain skills valuable for post-secondary education

Lake Forest Soccer Team Captain
Fall 2014
National Honors Society
2011- present


Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft PowerPoint

Here are a few other sites with example high school student resumes:

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