Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Composing Your Résumé for College Applications

Yuanyuan “Rebecca” Fang
World Education Services

A résumé for a college application is slightly different from an internship or job résumé, but the main idea is still to summarize and highlight your experiences, skills, and accomplishments. You want U.S. college admissions counselors to quickly see that you are a best-fit student. Instead of focusing on your work experience in the way you would in a professional résumé, focus on your academic achievements and extracurricular activities. Your college application résumé is like a “brag sheet” that helps you think about who you are and what makes you special. A strong résumé can help you stand apart from other applicants.


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Résumés don’t all look alike, and they should be personalized, but there are some general guidelines. Below is a common résumé template for college admission:

10 Golden Résumé Writing Tips:

1. First and foremost: Be honest!

2. Make your résumé concise and keep it to ONE page.

3. List activities in chronological order beginning with the most recent in each section.

4. List detailed descriptions by order of importance under each activity.

5. Use action verbs in short statements when describing activities.

6. Avoid personal pronouns and vague descriptions.

7. Quantify your successes and achievements if possible.

8. Adapt your résumé to showcase your accomplishments that are a good match for each school.

9. Stay consistent in font and style to make it professional and easy to read.

10. Last but not least: Proofread!

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Your resume is a snapshot of your experiences and skills. Tailoring your resume to emphasize your achievements and strengths is important in order to stand out from the crowd.

Good luck!

Rebecca is a research associate for Research & Advisory Services at World Education Services. Rebecca’s research interests lie in both qualitative and quantitative research, primarily in the fields of higher and international education. Rebecca earned a master’s in education policy and social analysis: economics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in economics from Agnes Scott College.


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