Resumes aren’t just for adults. A high school student’s resume can provide a snapshot of your achievements and ability to succeed, with or without work experience on it.
Besides helping you land a part-time job or summer internship, a resume may be required for college admissions: Some colleges and scholarship committees request that you include a high school resume with your application materials. You can also provide your resume at a college interview or to a teacher who’s writing you a recommendation letter.
So what should you put on your high school resume? In addition to any work experience you have, be sure to add these components to help your resume stand out.
Your volunteer experience can reflect your character, passion, and dedication to a cause. If you regularly volunteer with a particular organization, see if there are any leadership titles you qualify for that could give your resume an extra boost. Also, include any skills obtained through your participation, whether it’s communicating with others, using power tools, or organizing a fundraiser at your school.
Awards and recognitions
This is a great opportunity to do a little bragging. Having perfect attendance, being MVP of the soccer team, sitting first chair in your school orchestra, or making the honor roll are all merits that bring to light to your commitment, strengths, and work ethic. If you met any outstanding qualifications to receive the awards, clearly spell them out on your resume.
Have you studied abroad, traveled with a school club, or visited the country of your family’s heritage? These are all worth mentioning on a high school resume. Your travels — even if they were all within U.S. borders — will display your independence, openness to new experiences, and willingness to step outside your comfort zone. Plus, they can provide for a great talking point in an interview.
Miscellaneous skills or experience
What else sets you apart? Do you have a part-time job, take AP classes, or speak another language? If you’ve done writing or design work, do you have a portfolio? These things can set you apart and are great to let a prospective employer or college admissions counselor know about.