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How to Write A Resume


by Lesley Ofori, a high school student

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A resume is a document used to display one's experience, skills, education and more. A resume should only be one page in length except for people who hold positions in the C-level such as CEO, CFO, COO and such.  Writing up a resume can be a daunting task for high school and college students. You may not have a lengthy list of previously held positions but you definitely have attributes that can help you achieve the goal of your resume. Employers and colleges do not expect you to have an extensive employment history but they do want to get to know you better through your resume.

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What To Include In Your Resume

Generally speaking, your resume should include all of the things that you are  proud of your accomplishments, your hobbies, your interests, and all of the skills that you have that would make you a good hire or student in that college. You should highlight your education on your resume since as a high school or college student you may not have as many work experience positions but you still have a lot of skills that should be represented on this resume. You should also include any work-related experience, volunteer experience, leadership positions, extracurriculars, internships and any awards that you have received. It is important that you match your level of experience with the level that is required by the job or college and surpass it if you can. Include your attributes and experiences that are the most closely related to the position that you are looking to obtain.

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How to Organize Your Resume

You want to make your resume as organized of a document as possible. The readers of this document will give it a quick look over so you want to make it as easy for them as possible. All of the experiences and skills that you want to include in your resume can be organized into bullets under the larger theme. For example, all of the information regarding your education can be under an "Education" subtitle, all of your information regarding your extracurricular activities can be organized under an "Activities" tab and then if you held a leadership in any of these activities you can explain that under the bullet point or under another subtitle completely. The truth is there is no one perfect way to organize your resume but you can research on Google and other websites for resume formats and follow the one that you think will work the best for you. 

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Review and Edit Your Resume

Once you have completed your resume and added all of the attributes that you believe will help you be successful in your application whether a job application or college admissions application, review and edit your resume and search for grammatical errors or any things that you wish to change to make the resume more relevant to the job that you are applying for . Make sure to use action verbs in the to show your accountability and vividly describe your attributes as a "doer." Use specific numbers whenever you can to make your impact known. Proofread your resume over and over and have someone in your family or someone in your chosen career look over your resume and give you some advice on the quality of the document.

Lesley Ofori, Bayside High School Student

Lesley Ofori, Bayside High School Student

Lesley Ofori