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What do I need to do to ensure that my resume is one of the best out there?

I asked a high school senior at my school the other day to show me her resume because she's one of the best students at my school. She hesitated but ended up showing it to me, and I was absolutely shocked. She had almost 5 pages of numerous clubs, programs, organizations, awards, and other experiences that she had been a part of in four years. Her resume was absolutely amazing, and it made me feel like I had done absolutely nothing in comparison. It also made me wonder what do I need to make sure that I have a really good resume, and how much is enough? How much is too much? Do I need more clubs or more volunteer experience?

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Raven’s Answer

Hanan a resume should not be more than one page, two if need be. It' should be structured properly with your name, address, experience and dates, contact information such as phone number and email and shouldn't be wordy. You are giving the employer a glimpse into the jobs you've had and what your responsibilities were. Most employers will NOT look at a resume in full if it has a massive amount of pages and too much information, they don't have time, you have to take in account you are not the only applicant. A cover letter is essential!

Raven recommends the following next steps:

http://resumegenius.com This is a great site to help you build a resume and cover letter
Microsoft word has templates that you can also fill in (these helped me with my very first resume and cover letter)
Look at your parents resume also and see how they structured theirs.
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Deborah’s Answer

A resume for someone with less than 5 years industry experience should fit on a single page. The purpose should be to explain your work/project experience and skills in a way that invites a reviewer to take interact and want to ask you more about it.


Once you get started writing your own resume, my best advice is to have someone experienced review it. Most often when I review resumes, I sit down with the person and ask them to tell me more about a job, project, or activity. You're telling a story in a resume, and it helps to have an audience as a sounding board. Then we rewrite it so anyone can understand it and maybe even be excited about it.


Also consider building a portfolio of pictures of projects if you're a hands on kind of person. This is something separate from a resume, but can a fun easy show people what do or make.

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Richard’s Answer

Try to form a narrative with your extracurricular activities. For example if you are passionate about science, your activities could include science bowl and volunteering could include mentoring underprivileged children at science and math.

Don't just do a little of everything.
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Hwal’s Answer

Hanan,


As Raven said, a resume is known to be a single page long. I actually learned this the hard way when I moved from Australia, because my resume used to be several pages long, like you saw of the senior at your school. Speaking of which, I don't think I would have had half a page of things to list when I was a high school and, which is not something you should feel embarrassed about!


Talking with and getting advice from classmates, teachers, and counselors are some ways that can help you with organizing your own resume.


Good luck!


Hwal

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