If you are in high school, you probably have thought that you don’t really need a resume until you are close to graduating from college. This thinking is wrong. A high school resume is essential for a few reasons:
Getting into college, obtaining a part-time job, and giving information to college recruiters and employers. Even though you may think you lack experience and skill, there are some things that you should include in your high school resume.
This is where you share your contact information: your name, address, telephone number(s), and email address. All of this information needs to go at the top of your resume.
It may be a good idea, if you are including an email address, to put a professional-looking one down. Smurfette01@cartoons.com is not a good idea. Something that has a first and last name looks better and is more professional.
This is a statement that allows potential employers and recruiters understand the goals you have. If you have a specific goal in mind, like attending a specific school, modify your high school resume to reflect your desires. If your objective is to attain a part-time job, you will want to alter your statement. For example, “To obtain a part-time sales position at Bath and Body.”
In this section, you should list the schools that you have attended. If you have a good GPA (3.0 or higher), don’t be afraid to share it. In this section, you can also talk about academic honors, awards, and recognitions you have received. Maybe you have been on the honor-roll or have won a prize in the science fair.
If you have work experience, you will want to share the skills and abilities that you have learned. You should include the title of the position that you had, the name of the organization, location of the job, dates that you were employed, and a job description.
If you don’t have a lot of job experience, you can bring up class projects that you have participated in that has helped you learn various skills. If you feel like you are trying to dig to come up with information in this section, just leave it out. You can concentrate on the other sections.
Additional Information and/or Extracurricular Activities
This section should be used for sharing information that doesn’t quite fit in any other section. You might want to include leadership roles, volunteer experiences, and participation in athletics, band, or choir. Feel free to show a little bit of who you are in the section.
It is not necessary to name your reference contacts, but make sure you have them available in case you are asked for them. A simple statement like, “References available upon request,” is adequate.
Remember, just because you are a teenager doesn’t mean a resume isn’t for you. Having a high school resume might eventually help you get into that college you’ve been dreaming of attending, or attaining that part-time job so you can go fun places.