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In high school, I’ve participated in A LOT and in my English class, we had to fill out a resume. When do I know when to stop with the list? What are some things that irrelevant to colleges? #resume #college #help

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Meghan’s Answer

One of the things that I always heard from college admissions officers was that your resume should never be longer than one page - so, take the time to go through and think about what is most relevant to the officers that will help read your resume. For example, if you're applying for a communications major, make sure to include that you were on the newspaper - but maybe some other extracurriculars might not be as relevant. Make sure that whatever you choose to include helps paint a picture of why they would want to bring you into that school, for that specific major or department.
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Ken’s Answer

It is very important, when applying to colleges, that you show a good sense of career focus and include those activities which will back up that focus. Getting to know yourself better to develop such a career focus is very important as is getting to know people who are doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can see what they do, how they got there, and what advice and suggestions that they might have.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

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The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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Hanleigh’s Answer

Hi! I think it is a great idea to have all of the experiences that you have ever had on a document on your computer, so you do not forget them. When applying for jobs, you will want to keep your resume to one page, and it should only include the most relevant experiences for the position. Not every position will want the same things, so that will help you narrow down your experiences.
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TAC’s Answer

Analyse and ensure other members in the team are given equal opportunity. I will always ensure the other team members aren't deprived from an opportunity because I over do it. As long as the team is happy and I have the room to contribute, I'll go for it.

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Adam’s Answer

Think about 2 main things: relevance and focus.... What I mean is that the person reading your college application is going to want to see what you have done that is relevant the studies and how deep/well you have done it. Why are they thinking these things? - there are often more people applying for the admission than available spots so they are looking for people who have studies in things that are related to the college program and have demonstrated an ability to do it well...

Adam recommends the following next steps:

Consider having 2 or 3 versions of your summary - particulalry if you are considering applying to multiple colleges. Keep them both up to date then send to the college/s as appropriate (one day to the employer/s)
Gain enrollment and work hard on your college studies. Start to look around for potential employers early a year or so before you are to finish college - dont wait to go to employers when everyone else from your college is applying for those roles .... Good luck...
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