• THE ACADEMIC RESUME

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    A resume is a concise summary of your education, accomplishments, experience, and skills. It serves as a personal advertisement, enabling a prospective employer or college admissions counselor quickly to get a sense about you - your goals, your interests, and your abilities.

    WHY MAKE A RESUME?

    1. Your resume will be a useful supplement to a college or scholarship application. Of course, the resume should never be sent in place of the comparable sections of the application form, unless the application instructions specifically give you that option.Texas Common Application allows a resume, as long as it follows a required format..
    2. A resume can be used to help in filling out applications for admission, for scholarships and any other forms asking for the same information.
    3. When you visit a school or communicate with anyone who plays a part in your admissions, it is always impressive to hand them a short resume.
    4. Give a copy of the resume to your counselor and teachers to aid in recommendations for admissions, scholarships or employment.

    GETTING STARTED

    Before you begin writing your resume, you will need to gather and organize all pertinent facts about yourself.Organize them into the following categories, gather required information.

    WHAT THE RESUME SHOULD CONTAIN


    Academic Information, your senior schedule, extra-curricular activities, community service, employment, internships or special summer activities, special skills, and optionally, a brief statement about anything that is special in your life that affects who you are.For example if you lived in a foreign country, or had a special experience, or have a special handicap.

    NOTES


    Just remember that the overall purpose is the same - to generate interest in you by highlighting your achievements and strengths. The following tips apply to all resumes.

    • Be brief. Limit your resume to one to two pages.
    • Be neat and accurate. Proofread carefully. Remember that this resume is a reflection of you.
    • Emphasize your most significant achievements. Put your "best stuff" first.
    • Be specific, offering examples when appropriate.
    • Be honest.