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How to Write a High School Resume


If you’re starting to think about applying for a summer job or an internship, you’ll need a resume. While it’s true that not all employers require you to submit a resume with your application, it’s still a very good idea to have one on hand just in case. As a high school student, you may not have had any real employment experience yet. If that’s the case, you’re probably wondering what exactly to put on your resume. Here are some tips to get you started.

Start off with listing your full name and contact information. If you don’t have an email address yet, it’s a great time to create one! If you have an existing email address, ask yourself whether it’s appropriate to put on a resume. You might want to consider creating a new, more professional email address for yourself, such as your initials and a unique number, or your first initial, last name, and a unique number.

A resume should showcase your experience. If you think you have no experience, think again. Have you done any volunteer workHave you performed any odd jobs, such as babysitting, dog walking, snow shoveling, or lawn care? These are all things you can list on your resume in the experience section. These small jobs and volunteer work show you have initiative and are willing and able to work.

If you really don’t have any experience, focus on going into more detail about your high school career in the education section of your resume. List any honors or AP classes you took and any other classes that are unique and/or relevant to the job or career you’re interested in. List all the organizations, sports, and activities you were involved in, highlighting any leadership positions you held. Don’t forget to also include any awards or special recognition you received during high school.

A resume should also showcase your skills. Because your experience section might be a bit lacking when compared to a traditional resume, it’s important to build a thorough skills section. Here you should list all of your relevant skills and abilities, such as computer programs you’re familiar with, and personal characteristics that are important in any workplace, such as leadership skills, communication skills, an eye for detail, and being a fast learner.

Perspective employers will often ask for references. References are people who know you well enough that they can speak to your abilities and experience. It’s not necessary to include your references on your resume, but you should always have a list of at least two or three people who are available to serve as references for you. That way, you can have your list on hand for whenever a prospective employer asks for them. Avoid listing family members. Instead, consider listing teachers, religious leaders, previous employers, people you’ve done volunteer work for, and family friends. Be sure to ask the people you chose whether they feel comfortable with you listing them as a reference. Also ask them how they’d prefer to be contacted by any of your prospective employers, and be sure to list only the contact information they allow you to.

Click here for some examples of high school resumes. Good luck with your job search!

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7 Ways to Survive Summer School

Back when you signed up for summer school you were probably patting yourself on the back. Now with the warmer weather and longer days, you might be second guessing that decision. You don’t have to dread the hours you’ll have to spend indoors, because your first instincts were right — the benefits of summer school far outweigh the cons.


Summer school is a great way to get ahead, possibly giving way to a lighter course load your last few semesters of college or, even better, obtaining your degree early! Another benefit of summer school is that it gives you the opportunity to succeed in a tough course requirement. Without a full schedule, you’ll have more time to focus your brainpower on the topics at hand, and possibly receive a better grade than you would during the regular academic year.

The summer semester is shorter, with sessions typically lasting from five to eight weeks or less; however, this means each class session will be several hours in length, making you highly susceptible to cabin fever. Stay focused. The class is only temporary, remember? Here are some survival tips.

1. Before the semester begins, turn to social networks to see if anyone has had a class with the professor you’ll have. Some professors might have a rigorous syllabus and be very critical on grading. Easier professors may dismiss class early and grade on a curve.

2. Go to class. This should be obvious, but attendance is critical in summer terms; missing a single day of summer school can be the equivalent of missing two weeks of regular school.

3. Energize by bringing snacks to recharge, and use class breaks as an opportunity to walk around outside to stretch your legs and get fresh air.

4. If the course material is really dry, sleeping in the back of class won’t help you. Engage by participating in class, asking questions, and getting to know the professor.

5. Complete your readings and other assignments as early as possible so you can enjoy fun summer activities.

6. Use on-campus resources like the library instead of taking work home. You can easily get distracted by roommates and friends, especially if they aren’t enrolled in class too.

7. Stay on top of upcoming exam dates and when projects are due. Put your smartphone’s calendar to good use by inputting all the important dates.

Do your best not to let summer distractions affect your work. Classes will be over before you know it, and you’ll be that much closer to graduation.

Are you taking a class this summer? Share your survival tips in the comments below.

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7 Great DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Student on a Budget

In a time crunch for a unique Mother’s Day gift, but working with limited funds? Nothing says “I love you ” more than something handmade and from the heart. You don’t need to be crafty to creatively show your mother how much she means to you with one of the simple and inexpensive DIY gift ideas below:


1. Bath Scrub

Creating a homemade bath scrub  is incredibly quick and easy. All you’ll need is white or brown sugar, table salt, or epsom salt  and something to hold everything together, such as olive, coconut, or almond oil. Mix the ingredients together and present the finished scrub to your mom in a decorative mason jar. To give the scrub an aroma, add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, honey, or flower petals.

2. Customized Glassware, Mug, or Teacup

Flex your creativity and use a paint pen or chalkboard marker to give a personalized touch to your glassware gift. Paint pens come in a variety of colors, are quick drying, and you can use them on virtually any surface. Whether you choose to draw designs or write a short phrase (“World’s Best Mom!”), your effort won’t go unnoticed.


3. Spray-Painted Planters or Vases

Give your mom something that will hold all those flowers she’ll receive! Re-purpose old bottles, jars, tin cans, or vases of various shapes and sizes and spray-paint them in bright or metallic colors (include your mom’s favorite). You can make several in just a few hours.

4. Handwritten Letter

For this one, all you’ll need is a blank card, sturdy card stock paper, or just a simple sheet of notebook paper. In this letter, take time to write a note thanking your mom for all the things she’s done for you – try to include specific examples of how she provided you support, praise, and advice. The result is a sincere and meaningful expression of appreciation beyond a store bought “Happy Mother’s Day” card.

5. Framed Photograph

Photographs always make great gifts – framing a nice photograph or a series of family photographs will allow your mom to display them at home or work. While picture framing can be expensive, there are many DIY frame ideas that will save your wallet.

6. Special Video

Perhaps you’re more technical than “crafty.” If you have a few memories of or with your mother that you were able capture on film, create a special mother’s day video. If you don’t have any old footage, put together a video with a reel of several photos  and record yourself expressing your thanks and appreciation. Funny or sentimental, record something your mom would enjoy.


7. Note Jar

Fill a jar with little notes that each feature a unique reason why your mom is the best. Find a glass jar of any size at home or the dollar store and insert colorful notes, each featuring a sweet note about what make’s her awesome. Invite her to read them one day at a time.


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