Guidelines for writing a resume for a high school student
When writing a resume for a high school student, best practice guidelines should be followed.
A resume is a brief written account of personal, educational and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job (Dictionary.com).
Resumes are similar to curriculum vitaes (or CVs) although in some countries, including the US, Canada and Australia, resumes are generally shorter than CVs. In these countries, resumes are used for recruitment while CVs are used in academic circles and medical careers to provide a more comprehensive history of the person’s career, experience and education.
Content of a resume for a high school student
A resume for a high school student usually includes the following content. The order of content depends on the type of resume prepared.
- contact details
- goals (your career aspirations)
- experience (e.g. volunteering work, activities participated in school or charitable organizations – whether or not arranged by the school)
- education and training (your high school and high school year or level)
- achievements (e.g. awards, prizes and leadership positions)
- skills and abilities (e.g. good communicator, good with Microsoft Word etc)
- interests (e.g. a sporting activity, reading etc)
- referees (may be left out depending on whether the application form says that references must be included or otherwise).
Keep your resume short (one to two pages) as most employers will not want to read lengthy details but to gauge a feel of your background.
Purpose of the resume
Resumes are created and provided to a potential employer to attract the employer’s attention. It is your marketing tool for getting the job you applied for. Therefore, you need your resume to stand out. It should practically scream “look at me”. Resume should therefore contain active verbs and should be displayed properly and attractively. Keep to one font and before sending it out, get someone to edit and proofread for you. Many employers will throw out a resume that contains spelling mistakes or one that is messy.