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Best Type of Resume for a High School Student

March 22, 2013

Resume for a high school student – best type to choose

The types of resume for a high school student that may be prepared:

  • chronological resume
  • functional resume
  • combination resume

The best type of resume you can prepare is one that highlights your strengths.

Chronological resume

A chronological resume for a high school student lists out the following in order:

  • contact details;
  • goals and aspirations section;
  • experience history (including volunteering history) from most recent position to last, in reverse order. Key achievements for each position are included. Think about volunteering positions you participated in through school or co-curricular activities;
  • education history from current high school year to primary school;
  • school and co-curricular achievements and awards section;
  • skills section including computer skills, language skills, communication skills, leadership skills and any other relevant skills;
  • interests (e.g. reading, sporting activity, dance, music and so on);
  • referee (if requested).

A chronological resume is good for high school students who have a strong volunteering or work experience history.

Functional resume

A functional resume focuses on your skills and achievements. Prepare a functional resume in the following in order:

  • contact details;
  • goals and aspirations section as above;
  • skills section sorted by specific skills gained from school and any volunteering or work experience. Usually, the skills focused on are those required for the job that the teen is applying for;
  • school and co-curricular achievements and awards section as above;
  • education history section as above;
  • referee section (if required).

A functional resume is good for high school students with little volunteering or work experience history.

Combination or hybrid resume

A combination resume represents a mixture of chronological and functional resume and lists the following in order:

  • contact details;
  • goals and aspirations section as above;
  • skills section sorted by specific skills;
  • experience history section (only list titles and dates);
  • education history section as above;
  • school and co-curricular achievements and awards section as above;
  • referee section (if required).

This is the best approach for high school students who want to showcase their strong skills set gained mainly from school.