Many high school students see their time in high school as an opportunity to broaden their horizons, experience new things, make useful connections with students, teachers and other faculty, and prepare for the college experience.
Here are some resume writing tips for high school students:
- Be specific. If you are a good student, that can count in your favor. Instead of just listing your school name and your grade level, list any awards and recognitions you’ve received for exemplary performance. If your grade point average is impressive, or you are an academic achiever, say it!
The extras. You might not think your extracurricular activities count for much when it comes to job hunting, but that’s just not true. Think long and hard about your involvement on sports teams, article submissions for the school paper, or service on the student government board. Chances are there is some great information in there that can lend to your resume. Every employer looks for signs of leadership, team involvement, and drive. Use everything you have, and equate it to qualities you might need on the job.
- Customize your resumes. Chances are you will be applying for a number of different jobs before finding and settling on just one. Therefore, you need to make sure each resume you submit is crafted specifically for the job you are applying for. Don’t make the mistake of using a generic resume for every submission. For example, your number-one ranking in the computer information systems course you took would be a great addition to a resume for an office position, but completely irrelevant if you are applying for a server position at a café.
Creating an effective resume as a high school student does not have to be as difficult as you might think. Draw from your myriad high school experiences, find the positives, and present them to employers in a way that illustrates your job worthiness. Good luck!