Creating a Resume as a High-School Student

Leaving high school marks a big step in your journey, whether you’re diving into more schooling or stepping into the working world. As you apply for jobs or other opportunities, you’ll come across a vital tool: your resumé.

Even though you might not have a ton of experience yet, a resumé for high schoolers is super important. It’s like a snapshot of your skills, experiences, and interests. It helps paint a picture of who you are and what you bring to the table.

Let’s break down how to make a great resumé for students like you, (plus an example to get you started)!

Why do you need a high school student resumé?

Having a resumé as a high schooler is key for a few reasons:

  1. Applying to university: It shows off your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and any volunteer work you’ve done. This can be a big help when applying for college or other further education.
  1. Applying to jobs: Even if it’s just for a summer gig or part-time work, a resumé helps employers see what you bring to the table. Highlighting any relevant experiences like volunteer work or leadership roles can make a big difference.
  1. Applying to scholarships: It can set you apart when applying for scholarships by showing off your academic achievements and community involvement.

What goes into a high school student resumé?

Your resumé should be all about showing off your best self. Here’s what to include:

What are some common mistakes to avoid?

When making your resumé, watch out for these slip-ups:

1. Fancy designs

Keep it simple and easy to read. Try to make it look tidy, and modern.

Use strong action words to describe your experiences. Use language that is clear, and concise.

Proofread, proofread, proofread! Watch for those typing errors and catch them where you notice them.

Keep it relevant and to the point. Only use the information that is directly related to what you are applying to.

Tailor it to each application. For example, if you were applying to a barista job, you probably wouldn’t need all the details about your experience in sports.

Example of a high school student resumé:

Want to make your own? Use Kootenay Employment Service’s online Resume Builder, or download the above Word template.

Remember, your resumé is your chance to shine and show off what makes you awesome. Even without a ton of experience, you’ve got a lot to offer, so let your resumé reflect that!

Here are additional resources to help you write that resume!

Kootenay Employment Services offers several online tools, one of which is our resume and cover letter builders. Get started on your student resume today!

Kootenay Employment Services has a collection of articles on building the best resume that you can. Are you wanting to add more and bulk up your resume? Read on for our article on “Communication Skills and Your Resume”.

Philip provides job search and interview tips on his YouTube channel: CareerPrep. In his video, he guides you through the process of creating a resume in Word from start-to-finish as a high school student.

Indeed is a job-seekers’ website with job postings from across the world. Their article provides a clear, 6-step process that you can follow to help you create a great resume!