Writing A Winning Resume

A resume is a summary of your qualifications, education, experiences, and accomplishments and it is not just for adults applying for jobs. High school students can use their resumes throughout their high school careers to keep track of their activities and accomplishments.


A resume is as of your qualifications, education, summary experiences, and accomplishments and it is not just for adults applying for jobs. High school students can use their resumes throughout their high school careers to keep track of their activities and accomplishments.


Crafting a compelling resume allows you to distinguish yourself and will propel the reader to want to learn more about you.

Why Do You Need A Resume?

1. Your resume will make you stand out for an internship/project that you want to undertake while in school.

You may have multiple job targets and not just one. No matter how focused or open you are, begin to think about this so that you are ready for the next step in the process, which is to identify critical skills needed for the job.


2. Identify Skills - Understand the role you are targeting and the skills needed to be successful.

Print a job description of interest and use a highlighter to mark any skills or requirements mentioned a few times.


3. Accomplishment Statements – Once you know the skills you need;

'you can build accomplishment statements that link your prior professional experience with the skills relevant to your target job(s). An accomplishment is something that you did and e proud of; a situation where you played a key role in making it happen; or something you did that resulted in benefiting the organization.


Content - Tips For Writing A Winning Resume

A well-written resume is made up of a few sections:

I. Contact Information

•Maintain ½” to1” margins for an easier reading

•Choose simple fonts, white, ivory, or light grey paper and black ink

•Do not write your CV in the first person

•Choose a layout for your information that is easy to read Do be careful

•Proofread and ask others to proofread to avoid mistakes


II. Summary (optional but highly recommended)

•Typos and misspellings decrease your chances of making the “definite” pile

•Pay attention to font types, font sizes, and bullets to ensure consistency


III. Professional Experience

•Research the position description: customize your CV!

•Focus on your candidacy and provide information pertinent only to that


IV. Education

•Your CV should be precise and accurate( not longer than TWO pages!)

•Be careful with abbreviations of tasks or job titles, do not assume that all who read your CV will figure it out for themselves


V. Additional Information (optional but highly recommended)

• Keep values and ethics in check, think before “padding” your resume

• Do not embellish or misrepresent credentials, tasks, results, or titles, you may jeopardize the interview or offer


Important Points To Note

First, write down all the points you wish to include in your resume.

Always select a professional format. Fancy fonts are to be avoided.

Be brief, simple, and concise. Limit it to one page.


Top 5 Resume Mistakes

1. Spelling and grammar errors

2. Missing email and phone information

3. Using passive language instead of “action” words

4. Not well organized, concise, or easy to skim

5. Not tailored to the position or industry


Resume Languages Should Be

• Specific rather than general

• Active rather than passive

• Written to express not impress

• Articulate rather than “flowery”

• Fact-based (quantify and qualify)

• Written for people who can quickly


~Diya Grewal


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