Resumes for College-Bound High-School Students


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Theresa writes: I am a high-school student in my senior year. I was wondering if you had any examples or formats of resumes for high-school students entering college. If you do it would be greatly appreciated.
The Career Doctor responds: Resumes for high-school students are definitely a little different from adult resumes, so I am glad to offer some assistance. Let me say that just having a resume as a high-school student will make you stand out — both for college applications as well as for part-time or summer jobs. Some of the basics are the same: the top part of the resume contains all your contact information (name, address, phone(s), email). If you use an email address, just make sure it is professional and not something like “prettyprincess.” Because you may not have much work experience, I think you should focus your resume with both an objective and summary of qualifications. For example, if you are attempting to get a job in retail, a simple objective is: “Seeking part-time retail sales clerk/cashier position with XYZ Company” — where you replace XYZ with each company’s name. The summary of your accomplishments should be attributes that will help sell you to a potential employer or college… such as soft skills (writing, talking, listening), level of responsibility and maturity, and any hard skills you have. An example would be: “Energetic achiever and communicator, with strong listening skills” The remaining parts of your resume should deal with your education — and awards and honors you have received — and any previous work experience you have, including jobs like babysitting. Finally, remember the cardinal rules of resume-writing: no lying or exaggerating and no spelling errors or typos. Find lots of resources for teens in this section of Quintessential Careers: Job and Career Resources for Teenagers.