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What should i change or add to my resume if needed? For a high school student? (Yes i included my number, email, and address)

Paterson, NJ 07524
Briannah C

SKILLS
Time management. Organization skills. Problem solving abilities. Collaboration talent. Emotional intelligence. Social media.
EDUCATION
Paterson P-Tech, 201 Memorial Drive

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish.

AWARDS

Perfect Attendance, Advance Placement Class

+25 Karma if successful
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Deborah’s Answer

This is a great start to your resume - do make sure you have your email address and phone number clearly visible at the top.

A few other things I would add:
1. Your education - what are you studying right now? If you have graduated from high school can you share your final grades
2. Your work experience - this can include volunteering, a part time job in a coffee shop, retail etc.
3. Your extra-curricular activities, including any leadership roles you may have - what do you do outside of school e.g. you play soccer with your local team

I recommend including a few bullet points to describe your work experience and extra curricular activities. Explain what you do and ty to add numbers to it. E.g. work 15 hours a week at a coffee shop in my neighborhood. Responsibilities include, opening the shop each morning, serving customers, keeping the shop tidy etc. This helps to reader to understand exactly what you did.

Everything should be arranged in chorological order with the most recent things at the top and then older things below.

If you have other skills e.g. you know how to code, you can speak another language etc, you should include these too. A description of what you are looking for - often found at the top of a resume - is optional. Depending on who you talk to they will say you must have it or it is not needed!
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Victoria’s Answer

Here is an excellent templet! Just copy and past in Word and adjust it to your information. Addresses are now not added to resumes, maybe just city and state but no need for your full address.


EMILY INESTROZA
Mobile: (000)123-4567 | Email: youremail @ usc.edu | linkedin.com/in/yourURL/

EDUCATION
University of Southern California – GPA: 0.00 Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration May 2020
Emphasis: Data Science and Operations

EXPERIENCE

Name of Company Los Angeles, CA
Your Role Month Year – Month Year
● Created...
● Planned...
● Led...

LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT
Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) USC Los Angeles, CA
President Month Year – Month Year
● Restructured the chapter’s constitution and leadership framework to increase transparency within the organization
● Organized...
● Led...
● Created...

Executive of Marketing Month Year – Month Year
● Implemented techniques to increase membership and social media presence increasing membership by 200%
● Promoted...
● Managed...

SKILLS & INTERESTS
● Applications: Microsoft Office, …
● Languages: English (Advanced), R (Proficient), ...
● Interests: Volunteering, Road Trips, Soccer, Sudoku
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Chirayu’s Answer

Good start so far, make sure to include your experience when it comes to work and volunteer if you have any. This will stand out and show where your skills are. You could also give more details about each of the skills you listed. List all the organizations and clubs and any leadership roles that you may have had.
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Karina’s Answer

Hi,

The US professional resume is 1 paged.

The sections on your resume can be:
1) Header: name, address, phone number, mail, web page or LinkedIn page whichever you prefer
2) Education (schools, degrees, relevant coursework)
3) Experience (professional projects, academic projects, other projects)
4) Skills (including soft skills)
5) Interests & activities

The section that includes details about your 'Experiences' (professional experiences, academic projects, research projects/experiences, other projects) is 50% or more of your 1 paged resume. Any competitions where you won award/prize as well as any professional memberships that you might have can also be included.

Hope this helps.
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Rukhshana’s Answer

A resume is a window to who you are, it helps tell a story about you and what you want to achieve. It would be helpful to add some aspirations and things that make the reader get to know you better. At your stage of life, people want to see eagerness to learn, understand what makes you tick and are passionate about. If there are other areas of interest - sports, reading, cooking or other hobbies list those for the reader too. It helps start a dialog....
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Leonard’s Answer

Make sure to add any clubs or organizations you are in at school, as well as any leadership roles you may have held in any school organization. President, Vice President, etc.
Accomplishments, it any, should be noted in their own section. Also, if you have organized any events. Leading a team to accomplish organizational goals (fundraising, charities) is a plus.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice. Briannah
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Shilpa’s Answer

Write a couple of sentences about what you are passionate about. This makes it more personal and you will stand out if the person reading it is passionate about the same thing.
Thank you comment icon A resume is a window to who you are, it helps tell a story about you and what you want to achieve. It would be helpful to add some aspirations and things that make the reader get to know you better. Rukhshana Motiwala
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Amanda’s Answer

Hello! I recommend adding a personal statement to your resume. Personal statements refer to an account of your talents, achievements, goals, and interests included in a job or school application. Personal statements are not just great for resumes but also written for a job or university application. It provides an opportunity to really share who you are and your goals.
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Clint’s Answer

Hi Briannah,

Great question! I would recommend or offer a few ideas to consider. First off; great question as it demonstrates a willingness to learn and progress towards your goals. Second; I would recommend solidifying exactly what your goals are both short & long-term, and I would consider a more exact/specific goal/outcome to be stated on your resume. I believe it demonstrates a few positive values as it shows you are able to present exactly what you are looking to accomplish, perhaps why you are looking to accomplish such outcome, and provides clarity towards your intentions. Lastly, I would be resourceful regarding options for advice & insight and being a student should provide the chance to discuss with your counselor, different teachers, and professionals are often more willing to assist & supply their time to students considering their specific career (connect & reach out to professionals within the career/job/university/major you are working towards).

Another point of advice would be make your resume professional and aesthetically pleasing, but do not over complicate it. People who will be reading through & evaluating your resume typically have hundreds of resumes to consider, and providing an efficient format for them to consider is of your best interest. Think like this: What you want & why you are a great candidate should be stated and supported throughout the resume, and make sure to include leadership examples as well as extracurriculars you have been involved with. Various computer programs or websites provide outlines/formats for resumes, and Canva is one that I used recently. Thanks again!

Clint
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Maeve’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Briannah,

You are off to a great start! I always found it really difficult to make a resume when I was in high school because I didn't have a lot of work experience to write about. Someone gave me great advice, they said if I didn't have job experience to write about then I should elaborate more on my experiences in school. If you have done a big term paper/ group project, or if you helped lead specific activities for a team or club you are in, you should include that on your resume!

You wrote that you are in an AP course. You could add underneath some details about what you needed to do in order to pass that course and your major accomplishments in that course (things such as a research project, group project leadership experience, preparing for and completing an AP exam etc.).

You could also give more details about each of the skills you listed. For example, you wrote that you have problem-solving skills. When you wrote this, were you thinking of a time you solved a problem during a group project or in one of your extra-curricular groups? What was an occasion you demonstrated this skill and could you include it on your resume? Things like that!

I hope this was helpful.
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Jimil’s Answer

Find a professional format, add specific classes that you have taken that pertain to the job that you're are applying for, and try to highlight skills that are listed on the job application. Generally companies are looking for certain keywords that are listed in the job description and won't hire you unless they are included in your resume. It is important to include these things because some companies say if its not on your resume, it sis as if you never did it or never possessed those skills. Furthermore, complete a side project or community service in order to better show your relevant accomplishments or work experiences. Also, try to obtain some awards in school or sports, in order to show a sense of achievement or persistence in accomplishing goals. Show any other relevant information that may have something to do with the job you are applying for. Even if you are just babysitting or walking dogs, you should include this on your resume as "Emily's Babysitting Co." or something of that nature. Ultimately, your resume is too short, so just add some nice big words that sound professional, among other things.
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Elissa’s Answer

Hi Briannah, great job on your resume! I agree with all of the previous comments about formatting and details. It would be great to restructure the resume, starting at the top with your name, education, experiences, skills, interests, etc.

Just some quick additional comments that could help your resume. I would work on refining or adding more specific details. For example, I would put the proficiency level of the languages that you speak (Fluent/Basic/etc) to give people reading your resume a better understanding of your language skills. Also, I would consider listing out the AP classes you take to give a better understanding of your academic strengths. It also may be helpful to add more details, such as your GPA or personal hobbies and interests, such as a sport or after school activity you may do. Good luck, and feel free to respond with more questions!
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