Be concise. Use bullet points. Use active verbs. Avoid complete sentences.
Students should begin developing a resume during the 10th grade year in order to begin capturing their experiences:
awards and achievements
extracurricular activities e.g. clubs, sports, etc.
job-related skills and experiences
The goal is to demonstrate to the college that the applicant is capable of academic success; therefore, the bulk of the resume should describe academic achievements and school-related activities.
Resume building: watch video for a general overview of creating your first resume
Then, this video on language
Choose a template:
Sample Resume for High School Students
See the example to
A few high school examples resumes online that may help you with ideas.
Resume image above is from Cappex 's website, a College Search webiste: https://www.cappex.com/articles/applications/high-school-resume-step-by-step
Writing a Summary Statement
A summary statement: a brief/concise statement at the top of your resume that highlights your accomplishments and skills
Lauren’s Summary Statement
Detail-oriented, mature high school sophomore pursuing the IB diploma seeking a part-time position where I can use my problem solving and communication skills to provide excellent customer service.
Laya’s Summary Statement
Empathetic, hardworking high school sophomore, pursuing IB Diploma and looking for medical internships to help develop skills and necessary experience.
Here are some examples from the ASVAB Career Exploration Program website:
Sample Resume Objective: Employment Prospects
Reliable, mature high school senior looking for a part-time server position where I can use my excellent people skills to gratify customers.
High school student seeking a retail sales associate position that uses my exceptional mathematics and customer service skills to prepare for a future career in customer relations.
Sample Resume Objective: College Admissions Application
Self-motivated, industrious student-athlete seeking admission to a distinguished university to pursue studies in (degree program).
Sample Resume Objective: Scholarship Application
Ambitious high school student and honor society member with a 3.8 GPA seeking to obtain a four-year degree at (specify university) in (degree program).
Source Link: https://www.asvabprogram.com/media-center-article/64
Highlight Your Experience
Include formal vs. informal experience
Highlight relevant responsibilities or transferrable skills you can take with you into the new role
Review the job description and look for specific keywords or requirements that align with your skills and talents
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Student Volunteer, 2016 – Present
Manage registration table, including greeting and checking in participants
Hand out water and snacks to participants at check-in points
Attend, contribute to, and occasionally lead after-school planning meetings
Spearhead efforts to recruit and train new student volunteers
Provide an Education Section
Education and exploration of your interests
Academic achievements and participation in activities = prove you are balanced & well-rounded
Question: Should you include your GPA? If it is over a 3.0, include your GPA.
List any completed coursework related to the job.
Example, if you’re applying for a summer job at an art studio
Meridian World School
Graduation Date: May 2025
Relevant coursework: Design, Visual Arts, Yearbook
Awards & Achievements
Employers are looking for candidates who have a history of making an impact
Sharing your awards and achievements proves you can make positive contributions and will help you stand out above other candidates.
Here are a few examples of awards or achievements::
Member of the National Honors Society
Elected student body president for the 2016/2017 school year
Awarded school newspaper best feature article of the year
Helped yearbook staff increase ad sales 30% year over year
Hard and Soft Skills
Hard skills are abilities that are specific to the job
Soft skills are attributes that can be applied in any position
In most cases, hard skills are learned and based on experience while soft skills are rooted in your personality and are often not easily taught.
Google Suite (spreadsheets, slides, google docs)
Excel/ Google Sheets
Coding in Java and Python
Accepting constructive criticism
Attention to detail
I am a motivated, aspiring finance and accounting professional seeking an opportunity to learn alongside industry leaders in the tech space where I can apply my skills and further develop my passion for mathematics.
Experience & Activities
Finance & Accounting Internship
Crane & Jenkins, Fall 2018
Performed systems analysis, testing and documentation for existing processes
Organized process to decrease time spent reviewing by 10%
Project team selected as winner for most innovative at program-end
Mathletes Team Captain, 2017–2018
Lead weekly team meetings and developed practice events to prepare for the annual Winter Math Competition
Team won nine of 10 competitions during tenure as team captain
Increased spring sign-ups through recruitment events by 15%
Thompson’s Grocery, 2015–2017
Strategically plan ahead according to high traffic times of day
Handle register during high pressure
Conduct all transactions involving gift cards, refunds, and store credit
River Tech High School
Graduation Date: May 2019
Relevant coursework: Intro to Business Studies, Calculus 1 & 2, Advanced Geometry
Awards & Achievements
Intro to Business Certification
Member of the Key Club 2016, 2017, 2018
Academic Honor Roll 2014–Present
Skills & Abilities
G Suite (Google docs, Slides, Sheets)
Accepting constructive criticism