Even though we've just gotten back into a routine after a relaxing Christmas break I feel like everyone is already thinking about the next thing. Nope, not this weekend or spring break but instead this summer. In college especially I feel like everyone knows what they are doing the following summer so early on. Whether it is a job or some amazing internship or even traveling abroad to get into all of these things or programs you need one thing, a resume.
Resumes in high school are a bit different than the ones you are likely to send out in college. I think back to the one I sent in to work at camp and attached when applying to colleges and cringe a little bit. In most cases you would think that it is good for a document like this to be lengthy since it is highlighting your experiences, endeavors, and accomplishments but the true value actually comes with the concise clarity a person can provide when highlighting these same things on a single page. A bullet point for each award is excessive and I'll be the first to tell you that I think the one page rule is silly although I am coming to understand its importance.
I am certainly no expert when it comes to designing the perfect resume and mine has experienced many tweaks but after making your first one the process gets a whole lot easier. There are times when being the younger sibling to a superstar student are useful and nice and while I was creating my resume was undoubtedly one of those times. A couple of weeks ago I decided to finally put together a more official version of my resume and after hearing from my brother how great his was (so humble, I know) I decided to use that to my advantage. I had him send me a copy of his and decided to use it as my very own template. Since not everyone may have this convenience I thought it would be nice to act as your older sibling for a moment and create a template of sorts to aid you for when you decide to create your own.
I know that there are a lot of different formats and styles of resumes but this is just I chose to use. Also, if my brother can make his one page I have faith that you can too! I struggled with how to do this and have done a lot less than him so used that as my motivation to consolidate it. I would recommend having a few friends proofread it before you send it off to a company or college but by creating your base you are already off to a great start.
Here is a template and general overview of what to include in yours!
As for other formatting tips I would definitely recommend using Times New Roman font size 12 for the majority of the document. Making your name at the top 16 point font is a good idea but other than that consistency is a good thing. Also, in the image above GPA and Time Frame bumped down to their own rows (and it isn't letting me fix them) but I would recommend putting those on the same line as the Name of University (in the education section) and Experience One and Experience Two lines.
I hope this helps some of you out when it comes to creating your own resume!