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Need a High School Resume? Here are 8 Reasons Why

by Georgia Boepple on January 23, 2018 in College Planning

Don’t underestimate the power of a well-crafted high school resume. Not only is your high school resume a key part of the college application process, but it also serves as one of the first building blocks of your career. Although putting together your first resume takes time and effort, the payoff is worthwhile. Here are some of the ways in which a resume will benefit you:


  1. Letters of recommendation

When you ask your teachers or someone else for a letter of recommendation for a college you’re applying to, it’s good to hand them a resume. That way, they can see everything on one document—your academics, activities, volunteer work, etc. Some high schools have you fill out a form, but for those that don’t, your resume will get the job done.


  1. Summer programs

A resume is of great use if you’re applying to highly selective summer opportunities, such as a program at a university or research for an organization.


  1. Campus visits

When you visit a university, a resume is a concise way for your admissions officer to glean a complete picture of you.


  1. Reference

You can use it as a reference tool when you’re filling out the activities and honors sections on the Common Application and Coalition Application. You can utilize some of the same wording as well as ensure that you’ve accounted for everything.


  1. Applications

Some colleges request that you upload a resume with your application.


  1. University and alumni interviews

A lot of students bring their resume with them to these meetings. There’s no need, however, to provide one beforehand.


  1. Scholarship and honors college interviews

You really want to put your best, most professional foot forward in these interviews, and a resume will help you do that.


  1. Career preparation

You’ll definitely need a professional-looking resume when you’re applying for an internship or job.



Georgia Boepple is a College and Career Counselor at Partners For Achievement. Read more about Boepple and the rest of the Partners For Achievement team.




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