Students Should Begin Keeping A Resume In 9th Grade, Summer Is A Good Time To Start
Resumes are a mystery to many people, even adults who have been keeping one for years. For high school students, however, the concept of a resume is even more confusing when putting it into the context of college applications.
We recommend our students put together a resume in 9th grade, and update it regularly throughout high school.
We know the school year is just about over, but beginning to organize your college application materials now, especially your resume, is a good way to get a head start on the college admissions process, no matter what grade you’re in.
So where do you start?
- Think about all the activities you have done during your time in high school and make a list of everything you’re involved with, from the debate team to community service.
- Next, organize it! Our counselors recommend diving your resume into the following sections: extracurricular activities, honors and awards, community service, summer experiences, employment and internships, and hobbies and interests.
- Now it’s time to let us know what you’ve done. Under each activity, list any leadership positions and other responsibilities you have had.
- Arguably one of the most important aspects of a resume or activity is noting how long you have been participating in these activities. Remember, colleges like to see sustained involvement, so make sure to note for each activity what year you participated, i.e. 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
- Don’t be afraid to get creative! While the Common App has a section where you will input all of your activities, it doesn’t hurt to play with the formatting of the copy you’re keeping.
- In the fall, make an appointment with your guidance counselor to go over your resume. He or she can give you advice on what to keep, change, or expand upon. The sooner you do this the better so you can have helpful tidbits to build upon as you update your resume throughout high school.
Remember: it’s never too early to get started on a great resume! What other tips do you have for students creating resumes or activity lists? Tell us in the comments below!