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ENTERING THE WORKING WORLD WITH A QUALITY RESUME

Here are some tips for writing a resume if you are still in high school or a recent graduate.

Sell but don't oversell yourself! Be sure to emphasize any related skills and experience you gained from:

  • Internships
  • School Projects
  • Training Programs
  • Certifications
  • Previous Jobs

*Don't exaggerate your qualifications. If you're applying for an entry-level position, managers will pay more attention to your aptitude, attitude, and potential.

Don't Ignore the job requirements.

You may apply for a job that asks for some qualifications you don't have. There is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes employers will hire candidates who don't have all the qualifications they asked for. At the same time, don't ignore those qualifications just because you don't meet them. For example, in a cover letter you can explain how you are working toward fulfilling those requirements (for example, by taking a class).

Emphasize your academic accomplishments.

  • Any Honors (Honor Roll)
  • Your GPA, if it is 3.0 or Above
  • Any Coursework Relevant to the Job You Want

Include any relevant extracurricular activities.

  • Clubs
  • Social Groups
  • Sports

An example: if you assisted in running a charity fund-raising event for a school club, that could impress your potential employer.

Ask yourself, what could you be doing NOW in high school to add to your resume and improve your chances of getting hired?
Ideas could include:

  • Volunteer at libraries, little league sports, homeless shelters, nursing homes, or with a certain agency like the Red Cross or the United Way.
  • Participate in career fairs, attend camps, or job shadow businesses you're interested in.
  • Attend local government meetings or participate in 4-H or an equivalent organization.