Often under graduation aspirants find themselves in a difficult spot while drafting their resume. They are generally confused about how to go about preparing an effective CV that showcases their skills and expertise in the most effective manner. During this course, they, more often than not, end up going overboard in including information in the CV that ultimately leads to overcrowding of the draft- a complete no-no for the Admission Committee.
The catch, in most cases, while preparing a high school resume is the lack of formal work experience because of which, often, the applicant faces confusion on what to include in his/her high school resume. Here are a few tips for high school students which may prove handy for them to make an impressive resume for their applications abroad.
Keep it Brief and To-The-Point
Avoid overcrowding your resume by providing too much and unnecessary information. Limiting the resume to a page is a good idea unless you have details worth mentioning. Also, usage of bullet format in resume brings about brevity as well as clarity to the CV.
Include All Relevant Activities
Since most undergraduate applicants do not have much practical work experience including research work and professional experience to showcase in their resume, it becomes important for them to include activities which help the Admission Committee to form a favorable impression of their candidature. Thus, the applicant must include their extracurricular activities, community service, academic achievements and participation/excellence in sports.
Mention That Project
If you have ever undertaken a project or training, make sure you mention it in the resume. Even of the project/training is remotely related to the course you are aspiring to pursue, do include it in the CV. Write the name of the project/training, organization name and city where the internship was undertaken, your individual role and responsibilities in it and duration (start date and end date).
Make a Special Mention of Your Achievements/Accolades
If you have ever been entrusted with a position of responsibility like Head Girl/Boy of high school/college, member/leader of any club in high school/college, House Captain, and Captain of any Sports/Cultural Team or represented the school in MUN, you MUST include it in the resume. If you have received an award/accolade/recognition/acknowledgement for your contribution from your teachers, guides, coaches, professors HOD, or principal, particularly in high school/college, make a special note of it.
Include Technical Skills
Mention your technical skills in the resume. Any software knowledge, proficiency in computers, Internet, hardware, etc. should be highlighted in the CV.
Critique Your Resume
Proofreading is a must when it comes to developing an impressive resume. Get your CV checked by someone other than you, as it will help you identify ambiguity, spelling or grammatical mistakes, etc. in your document.