High school students usually find resume writing an extremely daunting job. The lack of experience and the fact that they are first timers adds to the anxiety that they may face when attempting to write a resume. While employers are generally lenient towards entry level students as they are aware of the lack of experience, they still prefer that a resume tells them something about the candidate – if not in terms of experience, then skills and knowledge.
What is a High School Student Resume?
It is a tool that we use to inform prospective employers of our experiences, skills and educational background. High school students may have to rely entirely on their skills and education to secure a job; however, many students do have some sort of experience – voluntary or part time. This experience will help them stand out.
How can a high school student build a resume?
There is no magical formula that guarantee a resume successful for high school students. However, there are some tips and tricks that one can follow to ensure the effectiveness of resume.
As a high school student applying for a first time position, the first thing you must do is obtain a copy of the job advertisement that you intend to reply to. Once you have information on what a prospective employer is looking for, you can tailor your resume accordingly. Begin writing your letter in this order:
An objective for a High School Student Resume is a short and concise statement. This section enables you to pecify the title of position you are applying for and identify the skills that you possess which are important to do justice to the position.
Usually an objective statement contains:
• Prospective job title
• Company or industry in which you wish to be employed
• Your relevant skills and how these skills will be useful for prospective employer
Significance: A career objective is the most important section of your resume. In fact, it plays the role of a sun and other sections are planets which revolve around sun. It gives them a sense of your career direction, self-knowledge, goal orientation, and motivation.
• To work for ABC School as a high school Special Education Teacher
• Seeking a position as a Receptionist with Star Enterprises where bilingual communication (English and French) skills and front desk knowledge will be fully utilized to achieve the goals of company
You should write why you believe that you are suitable for the position you are applying for. You can specify related certifications, expertise, strengths and attributes that you can apply on the job to meet the demands of the work.
• Bilingual: English and Spanish
• Computer: MS Office Applications, Email, Internet
• Able to interact with a multicultural populace
It is important to specify your educational background. Write down information regarding your high school diploma or GED and specify the school you attended and the year you finished high school. Also mention any special courses that you may have covered during or after high school.
Your job at the cafeteria or a voluntary position at a hospital seems not relevant to the position you are applying for. But if you mention this experience, it will tell prospective employers that you have worked in a professional capacity for some time and developed communication and professional interaction skills – thus making your candidature stronger.
CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT / COMMUNITY SERVICE
Prospective employers are concerned with your activities outside the classroom. In fact, these activities show your management and collaboration as well as motivation to get the work done.
• Volunteer at XYZ Hospital – Summer 2013
• Captain, School Volley Ball Team, 2011 – 2012
If you have elaborated enough in the qualifications section, you may not need to use the special skills section. However, since you are relying on your skills, it is a good idea to identify your strengths in multitasking, organization and communication to add more value to your resume.
Include your references on a separate page with the same header in the following format.
Dr. Juliet Davis
Senior Vice Principal, ABC School
254 North Street, Houston, TX 54121
(000) 524-9987, juliet @ abc . edu