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High School Student Resumes: Get the Facts

By Carla Vaughan

So, you are in high school and you think you might need a resume some day. The only problem is that you really do not know how to write one. Fortunately, there are guidelines to help you create an awesome resume than employers will actually enjoy reading.

High School Student Resumes: Get the Facts

Most resumes have the same major sections. They are: Heading, Objective, Education, Experience, Activities/Awards and References. Employers like to know where to find the information they are seeking, so use the sections that are listed above and put them in a common resume format, such as: Chronological, Functional or Combination.

If you do not have any work experience, consider listing volunteer work and/or school-related experiences, such as design work for a yearbook, maintaining the equipment for the football team, participating in various clubs (especially as an officer) or something similar. All of those responsibilities and tasks can be used to emphasize your skills on a resume.

Accomplishments are probably the most important things you can list on a resume. This is true regardless of how old you are or how much experience you have. Employers like to see results. If you can show the employer that you set a goal and achieved it, then you will be more likely to impress them. A resume is the one tool that can help you realize your future employment dreams. It will lead you toward job success.

Here are a few additional resume tips to consider when writing your resume:

  • Collect the information you need before actually writing the resume. Do not “wing it”. Prepare, plan, then place your skills and accomplishments on paper.
  • Keep your statements to one or two sentences. Anything longer than that and the person reading your resume may lose interest.
  • Effectively use the “white space” on your page. Guide the reader down the page, providing an occasional break for the eyes.
  • Write professionally and eliminate jargon or slang. Do not substitute “u” for “you”. This is the real world now.
  • Revise your resume until it is perfect.

If you want to find a great job, you have to do whatever it takes to ensure you are looked at more favorably than your competitors. Lead the crowd by using the high school student resume tips listed above and make your career as fantastic as possible. You deserve the best, right?

Carla Vaughan, Owner/Webmaster

Carla is the owner of, a web site devoted to assisting candidates in the job-search process. She holds a B.S. in Business from Southern Illinois University and has authored several books.

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