Checklist for Resume Writing: 5 Steps to Ensure Your Resume Is Ready for College


You are almost done with high school, and now you want to apply to college as well. However, you find out that in order to apply, you need a resume. Many students don’t pay much attention to this paper because they think it’s “only important to get a job.” However, colleges also “recruit” students that they will see as an asset – which is why you may want to make your resume look as attractive as possible – and see the college headmasters as potential employees. Here are some tips to make sure that your resume gets you accepted into your college of choice.

  1. Don’t focus on the objectives

Colleges and employers alike no longer really care about the objective of the student. What they care about is what you can bring to the table – what you can offer them to make them prosper. Make sure that they see you as the right candidate for the job – and be truthful about it. Describe your skill set and let them know what you can do for them as you are collaborating. Colleges look for Olympics, for example, or future researchers that will bring them profit, so make them know you have what it takes.

  1. Add keywords

In the past, no one cared about keywords. There weren’t as many students, and resumes were read individually by a teacher. However, since everyone can now go to college, professors needed to find ways to cope. That is how the ATS came to life – the mysterious software that looks for keywords. Look into the college application and see what they are looking for – and add the necessary keywords.

  1. Think achievements – not duties

Many students make the mistake of introducing the roles they had within a community. They say what they had to do and make everything look like a duty. However, you ought to make it look like something you liked to do, not something you had to do. Tell them also what you managed to accomplish with that role. Say that, for example, you were vice president of a club; tell them how the activities impacted the school finances. It’ll have a greater impact than simply saying “I did this and that.”

  1. Make it short

While you may not want to miss anything important, keep in mind that student recruiters have to check hundreds or maybe thousands of college resumes every year. At most, they will spend 10 seconds scanning your resume to look for something they need, and if they see a large bulk of texts – well, it’s obvious that patience will run thin. They will just discard the resume before they even manage to read the good stuff.

  1. Only add the relevant stuff

If you are applying for a college specializing in IT, it’s rather obvious that they don’t care about the two years you spent training at the ecological department. They need facts to prove to them that you are an IT master, not the master of recycling waste. Therefore, make sure you only highlight your accomplishments related to the college requirements. Ask yourself the following question whenever you plan to add new information: “Is this relevant to what I am applying for?”

Once you have these five in check, you are more than ready to apply for the college of your choice. The main idea is to make it about the college so that the recruiters know you did your research. They will always appreciate an invested person, and they will always accept a person they believe has potential.

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