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 bold TOO much.
- 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.
Find more great resume writing tips in Kuder Navigator and Kuder® Journey™ and then comment below with ones that you've found helpful!
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.