Why have a resume at all ?

It is the quickest way to tell college and admission officer what they need to know about the person. College application doesn’t necessarily provide a room to highlight all his or her accomplishment and experience. A resume will bridge that gap.


How to get started with your resume.


  •     Brainstorm everything you have accomplished:  Take time to thing about your accomplishments.


  •     List everything that makes you most stand out beside grades and scores: That includes awards, leadership roles, community service, special talents or hobbies, jobs, projects you led, and so on.


  •     Note experiences that vividly show your determination, initiative, and passion. For example, colleges might be impressed if you stayed after school to tutor struggling students, or if you picked up a second language by engaging with coworkers at a part-time job.


Decide what should go Into your resume

  • Include your highest achievements and honors.


  • Describe major leadership roles and initiatives you have undertaken.


  • Include unusual but impressive activities, experiences, and special skills that don't fit neatly into the activity sections of college applications.


  • If you have spent significant time working outside of school, include your work experience.


  • Mention special circumstances, such as a part-time job, that kept you from participating in outside activities as much as you wanted to.


Organizing your resume

Organize the information into an easy-to-read document that is no longer than two pages. Below are handy categories to use.

  • Activities and work. Briefly describe the activity, your role in it, your contribution to it, the school year(s) you participated, any leadership positions you held, and how many weeks and hours per week you contributed.


  • Honors and awards. Provide the name of the award or leadership position, a brief description, why you won it, and the date you received it.


  • Other experiences and skills. Choose those that show your initiative and commitment. Describe the experience or skill, the challenges you faced, the period of time you devoted to it, and the result of your commitment.



  • A poorly written resume can be worse than no resume at all. It should be proofread (more than once) to ensure correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • The resume should be in a professional-looking and easy-to-read font, such as Times New Roman or Arial. The formatting should catch the eye of the recipient and bring attention to key items.
  • Be honest. When students lie—or even stretch the truth—on their resumes, it can come back to haunt them later, particularly when it comes to things like GPA and test scores. Read your child’s resume carefully to ensure all of the information is accurate.