It’s never too early to start preparing a resume. Whether you’re looking for a summer job, starting college applications, or applying for a scholarship, having a well composed and easy-to-read resume is essential.
Here are a few general tips for writing resumes:
Keep the length to one page or two pages at the most. Your resume should be a snapshot of your education, skills, work history, extracurriculars, awards, publications, and community service.
Introduce yourself. Put your name and contact information clearly in the heading of the page. Use an appropriate and professional e-mail address in your contact information.
Make the content easy to read and scan. Employers or scholarship committees may be quickly looking over your resume. You want to ensure the most important information about you is easily identifiable. Use clear section headings and bullet points for organization.
Use a professional format. Stay away from elaborate fonts or colorful paper. Your resume may be your first impression to an employer, so you want it to be a good one. Use conventional fonts and plain white or resume paper. Be sure to follow any formatting guidelines for college or scholarship applications.
Be detailed. According to the Princeton Review, “The details are what set a resume apart from a list of extracurriculars on a standard college application.” Be specific in describing your roles in clubs or on teams. Emphasize any leadership roles and highlight your contributions.
Update often. Keep an updated version of your resume on your computer. Whenever you’re involved in a new activity or receive an award, make sure to document it in your resume. You can always trim the content and keep the most relevant and important information in the final draft you send to an employer or a college.
Edit and edit again. Proofread your resume carefully to reduce the chance of any typos, misspellings, or formatting errors. Have a friend, family member, or school counselor read over your resume to check for mistakes or inconsistencies. You want your resume to be an accurate and error-free representation of you!
Do you have questions about resume writing? Contact Hughes College Prep to meet with an advisor to discuss, develop, or review a resume.