If you’re still in high school, you may not think you need a resume. But having a student resume shows a level of professionalism that will make you stand out when seeking part-time work, internships, or scholarships.
You’re still in high school, and you won’t be searching for a full-time professional job for a long time yet. You may have plans to go to college after you graduate. Or, you may have plans to enter your field immediately after high school. So why do you need a resume right now? Because it pays to be ready for anything, that’s why.
Create a student resume now, and you can quickly tailor the details when a specific opportunity knocks. Opportunities may come in the form of a part-time job that interests you. Or it might be a great internship opening – or even a scholarship opportunity. Your resume can get you noticed right away for all of these. Why? Because a resume is an easily understood document that showcases your experiences and accomplishments.
Ready to create that student resume? Great, let’s get started! Here are a few sections you’ll need to include in your document:
Your student resume should begin with an education section. You could call this “Academic Accomplishments” in which you can list your school-related victories. These may include: Your dean’s list honors, honor roll status, valedictorian status, your GPA (if it’s high), your science fair award, or your title as “most likely to succeed”. If you have a lot of extra-curricular activities, such as athletics, drama, art or photography, you could create a separate section Extra-curricular Activities.
In this section, you’ll list your most important experiences both in and outside of the classroom. This is where you break down what you’ve done for any activities or school work that you want to highlight. You can mention positions you’ve held in various clubs, your artistic projects, and any jobs you’ve held (like lawn mowing, lifeguarding, or babysitting.)
In this final section, you’ll list the things that you know how to do. For example, if you know how to code or program, if you can speak another language, or if you can play a musical instrument, list that here. You should also list skills that may be relevant to your future employers. This will vary depending on what you’d like to do or what type of opportunity you are applying for. The important thing here is that you can customize this list to suit the situation.
Another very important thing to remember is to make sure all of your claims are true! Don’t list skills or experience that you don’t have – even if you plan on learning them soon. Definitely play up the strengths you do have, and your resume will be stellar!
One last thing: have a reliable adult look it over and provide feedback before sending your student resume out. You can also find more information on writing student resumes at LiveCareer, along with templates to get you started. Good luck!