Your resume is different than your application and essay. A resume highlights your work experience, activities, clubs, and awards by summarizing your accomplishments and involvement into one document. This is how colleges get an idea of the activities you are involved in. Brainstorm all of the activities you have committed yourself to – this is the time to brag. It is important for your resume to look professional. Click here to view sample resumes that have strong content and look. Begin building your resume –click here to view some templates you can use to get started. Check out Stanford Student Affairs and Big Future for resume writing tips. For “before and after” examples of resumes demonstrating common resume writing mistakes, click here.
Here are some of the things you resume should include:
- Jobs Server, cashier, salesperson, or another service industry position, babysitting, tutoring, work done for family members and friends (mowing the lawn, painting a house) and any internship experiences you may have had – paid or unpaid!
- Activities Participation in a club, athletics, volunteer/community service work, playing a musical instrument, appearing in a school production, church work, Out Of School time activities, Summer Work Ready programs, leadership organizations (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts).
- Awards and Accolades National Honor Society, academic achievement awards, perfect attendance certificates, any award or recognition from a teacher or principal, scholarships won, leadership camps/institutes invited to, college prep programs.