One of the most important—yet often overlooked—pieces of the college application is a student’s personal resume. A well-written resume provides a “snapshot” of the applicant as a student, professional, and citizen, and it is an essential resource for admissions officers, letter of recommendation writers, and scholarship applications.
When constructing your resume, consider which experiences and credentials best showcase who you are and what you can offer to the college or university of your choice. A solid student resume should include education, employment, and volunteer information, along with any noteworthy achievements and awards. Identifying what to include can feel overwhelming at first, but here are a few tips to help you get started:
Educational Background: Colleges know that you successfully attended grades K-8, so focus on your high school career. Include any higher level courses and those that offered opportunities to work on projects beyond the classroom. Taking a language class looks fine on a resume, but if you took AP Spanish in your junior year, that’s something to brag about! Did you take a 10th grade engineering course where you constructed a solar powered vehicle while collaborating with a small team? Any unique classes or projects that showcase your creativity, drive, and teamwork should find their way into the education section.
Extra Curriculars & Volunteer Work: What clubs, activities, or student groups have you donated your time to over your high school years? This section provides readers insight into your interests and skills beyond academics. Did you spend five hours a week helping to design the set for Macbeth? Have you spent the holiday months collecting clothes for families in need? Not only do these experiences show you have a great work ethic, but they expose you as a multi-faceted student with talents and humanitarian interests that go beyond the classroom.
Employment History: Achieving high marks in school while holding a job shows responsibility and an ability to prioritize. While you should include work you have done that relates to a possible future career path, any job you’ve held is likely to require skills that can transfer to a variety of industries. If you are considering a major in early childhood education, include those babysitting gigs, but also include the personable skills you gained by greeting guests at Six Flags.
Awards and Achievements: Listing any accolades you have earned over the years, both in and out of school, is a fantastic way to brag about yourself. Don’t be modest here. List any scholarships, academic awards, unique or outstanding achievements, and any other type of formal recognition. Whether you achieved Eagle Scout status or earned induction into your school’s National Honor Society, include them here.
Follow these guidelines, and you’re on your way to building an impressive resume to include in your college and scholarship applications. Feeling stuck? We’re happy to review your resume and provide edits and feedback. Contact us to learn more!