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What will help college admissions officers look at my resume

What kind of things should I do to differentiate my self from the rest of the crowd of other students. # #resume #college #college-admissions

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Alice Foster’s Answer

Hi, Samuel. While you have gotten some really fabulous advice here on how to pursue your career interests, I will add that most colleges do not expect all incoming students to know exactly what they want to major in while they are still in high school. "Undecided" is a very popular major, and U.S. Dept of Education stats indicate that 30% of all freshmen will change their major before the end of their first year. Unless you are going into engineering or nursing or some other major that has a specific track from Day 1, many schools actually encourage you to use your freshman year to explore career options to which you may never have been exposed. In fact, the selective liberal arts college where I worked did not allow students to declare a major until sophomore year for exactly that reason.


That said, I will tell you, as someone who has read applications, that admissions is looking for students who have challenged themselves academically--and risen to the challenge with a strong GPA--and who are engaged in their schools and communities. Take the most rigorous course schedule that you think you can handle and get to know your teachers so that your teacher recommendations are positive and personal. If you do have specific passions--for career, in athletics, whatever--make sure that your involvement in those areas is deep to show commitment. Explore a little, too, though, so you are well-rounded. If you are restricted in what you can participate in outside of class because you help out your family with a job or with caring for family members, make sure you make that clear, because that speaks to your commitment and work ethic, too. For the application itself, make it complete and error-free.


Most of all , let the true you come through in your application. Admissions readers can tell when your essays and other information are written to impress instead of intended to communicate who you are. They have to get to know who you are to help figure out if you and the school are a good fit, so you do you! Good luck!

Alice Foster recommends the following next steps:

Take every class seriously so that your grades show that you can apply yourself in all areas of your academics. If you did struggle with a particular course or had a dip in grades on your transcript because of illness, a family situation, etc., address that explicitly in your application to give admissions the full picture.
Get involved in your school and volunteer in your community as early as you can and chose activities in which you have sincere interest. It isn't hard to figure out when all of the extracurriculars are packed into junior and senior year that there is some resume-padding going on.
Have a parent or friend who is a good grammarian read through your application to make sure it is free of typos or grammar mistakes that could be distractions. I know, I know, you want to do it yourself--but you also want to present the best you possible.
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Neil’s Answer

One of the best advise that i can share would be to be honest on the details that you are sharing on your resume and it also always helps to adjust and highlight which skills you are hoping to place above the fold in relation to the job you are trying to apply for, the more tailor fitted your resume is for the job the better chances of you getting noticed for that job interview.
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Derrick’s Answer

You should definitely join student organizations for which you feel some sort of affinity (e.g. if you are a finance major, join the finance club). Then, take a leadership role in those organizations. Also, do volunteer work. Show your passion for your community. Explore learning new skills (e.g. language, instrument, etc.)
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Rita’s Answer

You can volunteer in your community to separate yourself from other applicants.

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Ken’s Answer

The most important thing to have in a resume to gain someone's attention is a clear career focus with mention of any activities, organisations, volunteer activities, shadowing, internships, internships, classess taken, etc. that would show evidence of focus.


Along with that, it is very important for your to develop a focus by getting to know yourself better and then meeting and talking to people in your area of interest career focus to see what they do, how they got there, and what suggestions that they might have for you.


 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 .

 

Ken recommends the following next steps:

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.
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 ##
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 ##
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