Resumes: Four Years, Double Spaced and Scrutinized

The best way to think of a resume is to think of it like a recommendation. Resumes show off a student’s best qualities through a showcase of achievements and activities, like how a teacher formats a recommendation to embellish a students best qualities and achievements. A resume can be a key indicator of leadership, community involvement, and academic/athletic ambition. Most importantly, a resume can give a whole picture of a student’s four years of high school, filling in the gaps that may be left in a transcript.

A resume should be started a student’s freshman year and maintained throughout high school. Many students fail to do this, and whenever they have to compose their resume, they are at risk of forgetting an accomplishment or activity in which they participated. The format of a resume is very important as well, as a well-presented resume is clean looking and perspicuous, meaning it shouldn’t contain words like perspicuous. Some common formatting standards include having a professional font, using bold words to title sections, separating sections with a line of empty space, and using 1.15 spacing. The resume should be kept to a page or two, unless there is something exceptional that causes the resume to extend beyond two pages, and should also be on a page with one-inch margins.

A resume is like the preview on the back of the book: a very brief overlook of the main story that tries to encourage readers to read more. In a world where one applicant competes with thousands, having a professional and impressive resume may encourage a counselor to look further into your application, or provide a good supplement for what the application form left out in terms of explaining your high school endeavors.

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