A résumé can be an important tool in the admissions process. It helps you organize your activities, keep your counselor informed, and prepare for interviews and scholarship applications. You can also upload a résumé to the Common Application or mail your résumé as a separate document to each college of which you are applying. Here are some guidelines:
- One to two pages in length (maximum). Play with the margins if you need. 10 point font, minimum.
- Stick to a “common” font like Times New Roman, Arial, Courier. Something professional looking.
- Label the first page with your name, address, phone number, and professional/school email address*.
- Label each subsequent page with your name and Hasbrouck Heights High School in the top corner.
- Résumés can be created in many ways. List the sections that you have and in order of significance.
Major sections may be:
- Education: Write Hasbrouck Heights High School, 365 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604 and your academic highlights such as your cumulative GPA, anticipated graduation date, etc.
- Extracurricular Activities: List in order of their importance to you and where you have made the most significant contributions.
- Honors and Awards: Reverse chronological order, begin with most recent first.
- Community Service: Reverse chronological order, begin with most recent first.
- Summer Experiences: List four summers, starting with summer before Grade 12 and ending with that before Grade 9.
- Employment and Internships: Reverse chronological order, begin with most recent.
- Hobbies and Interests: List in order of their importance to you.
Other Important Considerations:
- Include School Years of participation as Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
- If there is a category in which you do not have anything to insert, delete that category altogether.
- Include details – descriptions, responsibilities, positions, and honors (use action verbs!)
- Consider including time – Hours/week, Weeks/year (School year = 40 weeks, Summer = 12 weeks, Sports Season = 15 weeks)
- Don’t use acronyms without defining them (i.e. CARE should be spelled out)
- Once you’ve completed your résumé, change it into a PDF before emailing/uploading so that the formatting will stay intact.
- See the samples on the following pages.
- It is important when choosing which extra-curricular activities to keep in mind that the quality of the activity is more important to colleges than quantity.
- Students should choose to participate in three to four activities; college admissions recommend one in each area:
- Academic-oriented: Geared towards the field of study that you will pursue in college.
- Leadership: Activity that helps show the admissions officers that you are hard-working, have people skills, and can be an innovator in your field.
- Personality: Helps highlight the interesting and unique aspects of your personality and shows balance.
- Community Service: Shows responsibility and empathy.
- Make sure your email address sounds professional/appropriate.
- You may choose to create your own or use the Naviance résumé builder tool. Look for examples online or visit your School Counselor.