How To Spruce Up Your High School Resume

In high school, my resume was kind of rough. What little information I had on it wasn’t very well formatted, which is why I am going to explore some ways you can make your high school resume more appealing. Keep in mind that there are a ton of different resume templates that you can find for free online, so if you haven’t started building one yet, those free templates are a good starting point.

Valid Resume Items That You Might Not Know To Include
There are certain things that you should be putting on your resume if it needs a little fluff. Some of these things include:

-baby sitting/ pet sitting
-errand services/ running errands
-tutoring
-relevant coursework to what you are applying for

Join / Start A Club
If none of the above activities apply to you, then I would suggest joining or creating a club. Creating and then maintaining your own club would be a very impressive accomplishment for a high schooler, so keep that in mind.

Volunteer
Another way to beef up your resume would be by volunteering as much as possible. Make it your thing to volunteer at your local animal shelter on the weekends, or anywhere that contributes to a cause you’re passionate about. This demonstrates community involvement and contribution, which reflects positively on your character.

Part Time Job
If you can balance a part time job and school work, then that’s great. Colleges and employers like knowing that you have good work ethic and time management skills.

Internships
No, internships aren’t just for college students. Participating in a summer internship in high school will make you seem very mature and focused.

Learn A New Skill
This can be anything that you can learn at home that would look good on a resume, like learning a computer coding language on Khan Academy, or getting a certification from Google Analytics. Both are free resources just waiting to teach you highly sought after skills.

But let’s say that coding isn’t your thing. There are a ton of free online learning resources for a wide variety of skills. One example is iTunes U, which offers free courses on a whole bunch of subjects.

Click here for a link to Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Click here for a link to Google Analytics: https://analytics.google.com/analytics/academy/
Click here for a link to iTunes U: http://www.open.edu/itunes/

OK, But What About Formatting?
Formatting is really really important if you want your resume to look professional. Make sure that you fit everything onto one page. Put a header at the beginning of the document with your bolded name slightly bigger than everything else. You want to ensure that each subheading is bolded and slightly bigger than the information underneath it.

For examples of different resume templates, click here: https://resumegenius.com/resume-templates

https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/improve-high-school-resume
https://www.mma-tx.org/blog/12406/strengthen-high-school-resume-count-ways/
https://www.satprepgroup.com/7-ways-to-boost-your-high-school-resume-over-the-summer/
https://careercenter.georgetown.edu/resumes-cover-letters/resume-formatting-tips

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