Continuing our series on resume writing, college students often ask us if they should include their high school experiences on a college resume.
Staff members at college career centers will often tell students that once in college, you should never list high school activities on a resume. However, from our perspective, most college freshman and even sophomores really don’t have enough college experiences that would reveal enough to a potential employer.
Plus, students should really be focusing on academics for the first year! Therefore, we suggest a combination resume that lists college activities first and relevant high school activities second. As the student gains more experience each year, high school activities can be pared down or eliminated.
December/January is the time of year students should be thinking about summer jobs and internships. Creating a high school resume is the first step necessary before reaching out to a potential place of work.
We recommend that students create a 1-page resume, listing only their most important activities and experiences. The rule of thumb for resumes is 1 page per 10 years of experience.
Your Format should be Chronological and use Action Verbs.
* The sections for athletics and honors can be omitted if not applicable.
When describing degree of expertise in language:
For Basic knowledge, use the term: “Working knowledge of Mandarin”
Higher level, use the term “proficient in Spanish”
Most advanced would be “fluent” in French”
Now you are ready to apply!
Once you create a resume, you should update it every year, putting your most recent experiences first. Not only will you have a resume on hand as positions come up but you will have one ready to go for your college applications.