Think that resumes are only for those looking for a job? Well, not exactly! High school resumes are a perfect way for colleges to get a detailed glimpse of you in terms of your academics, accomplishments, extracurricular activities, hobbies, and work history. They are also important in that they can help you to prepare for a college interview, supplement your scholarship applications, and give those who are writing recommendation letters on your behalf a sense of who you are, holistically. Don’t know how to get started? Follow these simple tips for creating a stellar college resume!
Make sure your college resume has the essentials
Your resume should include the following information:
- A header that includes your name, contact information, and email address;
- Information about your high school such as the date of your graduation, weighted GPA, class ranking, and standardized test scores;
- Any awards such AP honors and other achievements;
- A list of courses, even those that you took during the summer or abroad;
- Extracurricular activities;
- Community service and involvement;
- Work experience;
- Hobbies; and
- Special skills and talents, such as fluency in a foreign language or some other type of expertise.
Pare down all of the activities you showcase to the ones that represent you best as a worthy college candidate. Also, make sure to not be too wordy and try and limit what you include on your resume to one to two pages, max.