Student Tips
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.
    • Address.
    • Phone number.
    • Email.
    • 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. 

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