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Creating Your First Resume

Last updated August 12, 2020

Resumes aren’t just for jobs anymore. Some colleges are asking students to send them a student resume, AKA a student profile. Colleges use resumes as a way to get to know students at a glance. If you haven’t started or don’t know what to write, no worries! We’ll help you create a resume that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Here are the different sections you’ll need for your profile. You may not need every section mentioned, but choose the sections that would make your resume shine.

Your Contact Information (Need)

Name, address, email, and phone number. If you don’t have it, how are schools going to contact you?

Education (Need)

List the names and address of the high schools you attended, your anticipated graduation date, GPA, class rank, and standardized test scores.

Relevant Coursework

Only add the coursework that directly relates to the position you are applying for. Those can include summer college classes, workshops, and more. For example, if you are applying for work as a math tutor for elementary students, list the courses related to math, youth development, and teaching. 


Share your biggest achievements and accomplishments. Were you on the varsity tennis team your freshman year? Were you the President of National Honor Society? Were you awarded Volunteer of the Year? Colleges want to know!

Extracurricular activities

Show off the activities you’re proudest of! This could include sports teams you’ve been on, clubs you’re a member of, community service projects you’ve done, and/or work experience. If you feel that your school activities, community service, and work experience should have their own section, you can do that too!


You might have skills on the dance floor, but on a student resume, we are looking for technical skills. Do you know how to use tools like Photoshop or do you have a typing speed of 212 words per minute? Maybe you’re trained to fix cars or speak three different languages fluently. Whatever your skill is, colleges want to know about it.

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If you have any questions about creating your student resume, feel free to text us at 33-55-77. One of our trained college advisors can help you build your resume!

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