How to Make an Impressive Resume for a High Schooler


Resumes aren't just for experienced job seekers. Students, including high school students, can create a professional resume. This can be submitted along with applications for part-time jobs, used to apply to internships or volunteer positions, or sent along with a college application. Creating a resume as a high school student is also excellent practice for building your professional resume.

  • Type your full name and contact information at the top of the resume. Include your physical address, phone number, and email address. If you have your own cell phone, use that number in addition to your household land line. Use a professional font, such as Times New Roman, and keep the font consistent throughout.

  • Make sure your email address is appropriate and professional. Your email address should be some version of your name, such as your first and last name or your initials, and you should use a reputable email provider, such as Yahoo! or Gmail. If your email address has unprofessional words in it, such as cutie, princess, or skater, create a new account with a professional email address.

  • Make sure the message on your cell phone is polite and professional. If you have an unprofessional message, change it before listing your cell phone number on your resume.

  • Include an "Objective" on your resume. The objective can list the purpose of creating your resume, such as obtaining a part-time job or receiving a college scholarship or admission to a specific school.

  • Add your education as the next section. This should include your current grade point average if it's impressive, usually a 3.0 or higher. You should also include any advanced courses you've taken, as well as honors or awards you've received. Any special academic recognition you've received in high school should be included in this section.

  • Create a "Professional Experience" section if you have any. This section should include any work experience you've had or offices you've held in clubs or organizations. You can also include leadership roles you've had, such as leading a volunteer project. Include at least three bullet points with each position, and use action verbs to describe your duties and responsibilities.

  • Include a section for your extracurricular activities. This should include clubs and organizations that you're a member of, sports you're involved in, and volunteer work you've done. Add a few bullet points to each position if space allows.

  • Add a reference section at the bottom of your resume with at least three references. Include the name, position, company, phone number, and email address for each reference. Make sure your references are not family members and are people who have worked with you in one of your positions listed. You can also use teachers, advisers, and coaches as references.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always ask your references if you can list them before adding them to your resume.
  • Keep your resume at a one-page length. Never go onto a second page.

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