Writing an Effective Scholarship/Academic Resume Center High School, Senior Seminar Katrina Ruggles Why Should It Be Good? Your goal is to be noticed! A resume is a window into your life. A resume is a reflection of who you are. You must be able to pass the 8 second test. Brevity & Readability BASIC LAYOUT Heading References Interests & Activities Related Skills & Talents Work Experience Volunteer Experience Note: Career Plans Education Awards & Honors Activities: school, community, enrichment These are the section titles of the resume. All items under headings need to be bulleted. Heading Name Address Phone Number Email Address JANE DOE 55 NOWHERE ROAD NOWHERE, CO 55555 (555) 555-5555 firstname.lastname@example.org Accessible after graduation Top center or right NOT: Slacker_35@scbglobal.com NOT: email@example.com NOT: firstname.lastname@example.org Career Plans Career Goals Concise—couple of sentences Demonstrate you have some type of plan. NOT: IDK NOT: Go to school, get a job & make lots of money CAREER PLANS: I plan to attend a 4 year college to study psychology and sociology so that I can go on to get a masters in psychotherapy. I would like to be a therapist who works with youth and their families. Education Present level of education, including name of school GPA & Class Rank NOT: GPA of 1.5 NOT: Class rank of 23 out of 24 EDUCATION: I am currently a senior at Nowhere High School with a cumulative grade point average of 3.62 and a class rank of 59 out of 440. I will graduate on May 27, 2010. Awards & Honors AWARDS AND HONORS: •Math Student of the Year: 9 List awards & honors, in or out of school Indicate grade level If you have many, can break down into Academic Award and other types of awards •Citizenship Award: 9 • Awarded for helping in a crisis situation when a younger student was hurt after getting hit by a car in the school parking lot •Perfect Attendance Award: 9, 10 •Girls’ State Delegate: 11 • Awarded for positive civic leadership on the student council NOT: I am a loser and have no awards NOT: Won hottest chick on www.hotornot.com •National Honor Society: 11, 12 • Nominated and selected by teachers to this group for academics (maintaining above a 3.5 GPA), positive character, and leadership. Activities List all activities you have participated in since 9th grade Indicate grade level Include leadership roles, positions, and/or contributions Community Activities include youth group, church activities, scouting, club sports Enrichment Activities include summer enrichment, travel, or hobbies that have extended beyond school NOT: Latin Kings, 9, 10, 11, 12 NOT: Collecting friends on Facebook SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: •Staff Writer for School Newspaper: 9, 10, 11 •Girls’ Tennis: 9, 10, 11, 12 (Captain, 12) •Student Council Representative: 11, 12 •Spanish Club: 11, 12 (Secretary, 12) COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: •Church Youth Group: 9, 10, 11, 12 •Girl Scouts: 10, 11, 12 ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: •N. U. Summer Science Camp: 10 •Church Mission Trip: 11 Volunteer Experience List all volunteer activities you have participated in since 9th grade Indicate grade level Indicate the number of hours Include leadership roles and types of service you provided Can be in and out of school activities NOT: Court-Mandated Community Service: 9, 10, 11 NOT: Spirit Da Trash Clean Up: 8 VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: • Volunteer at Nowhere Medical Center as a candystriper: 10, 11, 12 (200 total hours) • Volunteer for Nowhere Elementary School Tutoring Program as a tutor: 12 (40 total hours) • Volunteer at Nowhere Rescue Mission to clean the animals and building: 12 (65 total hours) • Volunteer for Center School Recycling Program: 11, 12 (24 hours) Work Experience Comes later in the resume for academic/scholarship resume Will be after objective for an employment resume Optional if you have not participated in paid employment Indicate grade level; begin with most current Include your position NOT: I was fired for stealing. NOT: Roge weeds, 9 WORK EXPERIENCE: • Dinosaur Den Day Care: Playground Helper, 10 • Dairy Queen: Counter Helper, 10, 11 • Hy-Vee Grocery: Checker, 12 Relevant Skills & Talents/Interests & Activities List skills & talents related to the scholarship and academic program to which you are applying Make sure to include if you are bilingual, and in what languages Can be broken down into categories like computer skills, languages spoken Interests & Activities can include items not included in Skills & Talents NOT: Reached 100% completion on Grand Theft Auto NOT: Ask my girlfriend. SPECIAL SKILLS AND TALENTS: •I am fluent in both English and Spanish. •I am proficient at Microsoft Office and various other computer programs. •I play the saxophone. INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES: I like to play sports, especially tennis. I am also an avid reader. I especially enjoy reading historical novels. I like animals. I am also interested in the environment and learning how to live more “green.” References Names, addresses, telephone, and email (if available) of 2-4 people Include a range of people: teachers, coaches, counselors, community person Identify how you know the person Ask the reference first Include people that will say nice things NOT: Your mom (or any relative), girlfriend, or good friend your age NOT: A boss that fired you, or a teacher that gave you a bad grade because your work was always late or of poor quality REFERENCES: Katrina Ruggles High School Counselor 719-580-9199 email@example.com John Doser High School Tennis Coach 719-859-1234 firstname.lastname@example.org Kathleen Myer High School Language Arts Teacher 719-967-5432 Academic/Scholarship Resume Free of Grammatical, Spelling & Formatting Errors Easy to read font 12 or 14 pt. Categorize information Read down Maintain consistent writing style Format should be pleasing to the eye One to two pages: 20 second rule (See slide 15) Be ready to back up anything on the resume IMPORTANT: Scholarship resumes should describe you in a more straight forwards way than the personal statement. Keep to a list format as much as possible in order to make the resume more readable. Academic/Scholarship Resume Use Action Words in Your Descriptions The 20-second Test Try having someone perform the 20-second test on your resume. Simply time your reader for twenty seconds as he or she reads your resume. What all did he/she learn about you? If your reader noticed within 20 seconds what you want the committee to learn about you, then most likely you have created an effective resume. If not, revise your resume by try bolding or moving important information. All of the instructions are on Moodle, including a sample resume.