A Student’s Guide to Creating a Resume

When creating a resume, we often think about including our most prestigious attributes and accomplishments. This is usually a very important part of any resume, along with:

  • Work Experience
  • Educational Background
  • Noteworthy Awards, Honors, and/or Recognitions

What you might not realize, though, is that depending on your age, the style and content of your resume will vary. Student resumes will include different information than a professional resume.

The main difference between a student resume and a professional resume is that a student resume will highlight your characteristics and personal accomplishments.

Read on to see our suggestions for creating a killer student resume that will help you stand out from the crowd!

Name and Photo: You might think it’s strange to include a picture of yourself on a resume, but a professional school photo allows the viewer to get a feel for your personality, especially if you include a photo from a club or sports team.

Think of the type of photo you would include on a Linkedin profile, not an Instagram profile.

Brag a Little: At the top of your resume, your goal is to grab the viewer’s attention and make them want to keep reading. Try including a ‘branding statement’ with a few key personality traits that a future employer or school might find attractive in their search. You can follow that with a paragraph or bullet points describing your character and what you are seeking. Here is an example:

Reliable | Trustworthy | Self-Motivated

Dedicated high school student and athlete seeking a part-time position where I can utilize my strong communication and tactical skills to help increase the overall profitability of an organization as well as gain professional experience.

Location: It is important to include your address or general location (City and State) to ensure that potential employers or schools understand your proximity to their location.

Contact info: Don’t forget to include your email address and phone number so whoever is viewing your resume can get in touch with you!


Education Background: Along with the name of your high school or college, be sure to include the city and state, years you attended, and your graduation date. If you’re still in high school or college, include the estimated graduation date.  

Within your educational background, you can include several bullet points describing the courses you’ve taken, courses you enjoy the most, major projects you’ve worked on, and/or clubs and teams you participate on.

Work Experience: When you list your work experience, include the name of the company as well as the city and state where you held the position. Any additional supervisor or contact information should be provided on a separate ‘Reference Sheet’ when asked for. If you don’t have any work experience, that’s okay! Spend more time showcasing your education, community service, family life, and/or clubs and extracurricular activities.

Volunteer Work: Allowing a section on your resume for volunteer work or community service can be extremely impressive and set you apart from the crowd. If you don’t have any work experience, this is a great section to take that place. Include the organization name and location, followed by your position, the dates you worked there and a few bullet points about what you did.

Just like with your work experience section, any additional supervisor or contact information can be provided on a separate ‘Reference Sheet’ when asked for.

School Clubs, Sports and Activities: Just like colleges, employers want to see that you are well-rounded, so be sure to include any clubs or organizations that you have been a part of. You can include your role (member, chair, captain) as well as a brief description of your responsibilities.


Honors, Acknowledgments, and Awards: To finish out your resume, you can include a list of any honors, awards, or acknowledgements you have earned throughout your education or in your extracurricular activities. Keep it recent, as employers aren’t necessarily interested in your third grade Student-Of-The-Month award!

Follow this link to learn about The Critical Elements of a Resume: https://careerlatitude.com/the-critical-elements-of-a-resume/

Though the content of your resume is important, so is the organization and format! Including all of this information in one long paragraph will make your resume difficult to read. Instead…

  • Use headings and larger font sizes to title each section of your resume.
  • List acknowledgements in order of importance. You may want to start your list off with any honors or academic awards, followed by any remaining noteworthy accomplishments.
  • Use bullet points when possible. For instance, if you are a member of 6 clubs at your school, bullet them so whoever is viewing your resume can clearly see each one.
  • When providing education background and work experience, keep your most recent positions at the top of your list. (Tip: If you’re still employed, list your dates of employment like this: Start Date-Present.)
  • Be consistent throughout with font size and color. Using too many different fonts, colors, text boxes or images can be distracting. A clean black and white resume is always best.

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