There’s no doubt that writing a resume can be challenging for high school students like myself. I’ve learned that your resume has to be short and concise, contain key words/phrases, be visually appealing, and so much more.
Here are some tips I followed when writing my resume:
- Keep your resume to one page or less.
- With five or more years of experience, your resume can be two pages.
- Use default margins, bold headings and make them consistent, and have an appropriate font and size.
- Don’t overuse boldface type.
- Check for spelling and grammar.
- The top of the resume should include the following information:
- Name in bold and in a slightly larger font than the rest of the document.
- Phone number.
- This information could be aligned to the left, right, or center.
- List the most recent education and job first.
- Bold the name of the school or company and include its city and state.
- Include additional educational information to make you stand out.
- Put your cumulative GPA if it’s above a 3.0.
- List class rank if you’re in the top half.
- List at least three jobs that you’ve had, even if it’s babysitting.
- Put the title and dates that you worked at each job underneath the company name.
- Beneath the title, include a bulleted list of three duties or responsibilities.
- Activities and honors can be combined into one section.
- Don’t bullet this section to vary the look of your content.
- Include the dates associated with activities and awards.
- If space allows, include volunteer experiences or skills.
- Unless you have special skills that may help you on the job, don’t include a skills section.
- For volunteering, include the organization, job, and the years volunteered.
My Favorite Resume Writing Tips from Kuder Navigator®:
- Make your resume original and tailored to the specific position.
- Use strong action verbs.
- List three to five former employers or faculty members as references.
- Avoid use of the pronoun “I.”
- Print on a laser printer, using high quality bond paper that matches the quality and color of paper you use for your cover letter, envelope, and references list.
Note: The author of this article is not an expert in writing a resume. The tips provided are from the personal perspective and experiences of a high school student. This article first appeared in the Kuder Blog March 3, 2014.