Helping Your Students
Create a Resume for
By Jolyn Brand
When your students apply to college, admission
officers review more than just their grades they
also take note of what students have done outside
the classroom. Extracurricular activities, such as
jobs, sports, clubs, and volunteer work, give colleges
a better sense of who students are and show them
what students can bring to their campus community.
The best way to show them all of your activities
and engagement is through a student resume. Some
colleges will actually request or require submission
of a student resume, but for others still a good
idea to not only track activities over the four years,
but to prioritize them as well.
The student resume is different than resumes
designed to get you a job; this resume highlights
student accomplishments and activities throughout high school. It can be very helpful when filling
out college applications, when requesting teacher
recommendations, and when applying for scholarships. It focuses on the sections that colleges
will want to cover in applications: awards/honors,
activities, and community service.
To begin, students should write down every activity
and award that they participated in or earned during
high school. Write down everything after graduation
from 8th grade. The students resume have to
adhere to the rule for formal employment
resumes. Student resumes are generally two to three
pages long and include this information:
Heading- Name, address, phone number,
and email address. Some colleges will also
request your application ID (which can be
filled in after application submission).
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Objective of Overview (optional)- Can
be used for a specific purpose, such
as college major or scholarship.
Academic/Education Stats- High school
name and graduation year. Class rank
and GPA, SAT/ACT scores. You can also
include impressive courses- AP/IB, Dual
Credit classes, and relevant electives.
Activities- List clubs and participation.
Be specific, use initials or acronyms.
Include any leadership roles and whether
or not you were elected to that position.
Honors/Awards- List any awards or
accomplishments, along with grade.
Community Service- List activities,
service performed, approximate
dates, and hours volunteered.
Sports- List teams, position, awards, and grade.
Employment/Internships- Start with most
recent employment and list dates.
Students who begin this resume in 9th grade
should be reminded at the end of each semester to
update it by adding any new activities, awards, or
community service. This reminder also serves as
a check- students will be able to quickly see which
sections getting filled in.
Once students reach the end of junior year,
time to fine tune the student resume so that it can