How to Build a Resume for Your College Application

A resume is usually the first option, you will have to make a positive impression in the college application process. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of 2009 high school graduates went to college. With such a strong competition, it is more important that your resume stand out in the crowd. By following a few guidelines, you can ensure your resume gets the attention it deserves.

1. Start with a heading at the top of the page that says your full name, social security number or applicant number, if you have been assigned a, your address and a telephone number. Set each piece of information on a separate line. You can specify this information in the right margin on the side or center it. Consider using a larger font or bold text.

2. Please include a short biography about yourself after your personal information. Three sentences will be sufficient to highlight your strongest qualities. For example, if you were class valedictorian, you must include it in this list. You want to use this section to capture the reader’s attention and make them want to continue reading.

3. List your education. The name of your high school, and its address should include your GPA and your class ranking by percentile or number. Other relevant professional information should go in this section with the exception of academic awards, there will be listed later.

4. Illustrate to the reader of your activities during high school. Examples include club memberships, sports participation and activities in the local community. You can fill this section in list form with one or two sentences describing each activity. Include at least three or four activities, but not more than eight.

5. Include a special projects section. While this section corresponds to activities, it must consist of things you did only a few times, such as entering a science fair. This section can also be in list format, with a few sentences explaining each point. If you do not have strong elements to include in this section, then omit it.

6. Create a section showcasing awards that you have received. You can create a simple list for this section or decorate each price, especially those requiring clarification. Includes a long list of accolades, either through school or other activities.