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Tips for High School Resume Writers

By Susan Knoppow
CEO, Wow Writing Workshop

Are you preparing a resume for class, college admissions, a job? Creating a high school resume is a great way to keep track of your top accomplishments and experiences. Essentially, your resume is a quick advertisement of who you are. 

Here are Wow’s tips for writing a resume that will stand out.

List your experiences.  Start by making a chronological list of key jobs, volunteer experiences and other responsibilities. Include accomplishments, awards and extracurricular activities.

 Decide what you want readers to remember about you. Think about your best characteristics, not your accomplishments. What stories or examples can you share to demonstrate those characteristics?

Keep it simple. A clean, uncluttered format will help you stand out more than fancy design.

Say no to the thesaurus. When you want to be heard, it’s important to send clear, understandable and straightforward messages to your intended audience. A resume that sounds like a thesaurus won’t impress anyone.

Stick to one page. Even an adult with 15 years of experience should be able to limit their resume to one page. Don’t feel the need to fill empty space.

Know your audience. Are you applying for a job? A summer program? A volunteer opportunity? Who will be reading your resume? Write a short cover letter to complement your resume that speaks directly to the position, the audience and the qualifications they are looking for.

Let us know if you would like assistance with your resume.

How to Nail Your College Applicant Interview

By Susan Knoppow
CEO, Wow Writing Workshop

Wow CEO Susan Knoppow

A college applicant interview can be a great opportunity for students to learn more about a school and to demonstrate their interest. Here are Wow’s top tips for great interviews.

 Be prepared. Are you clear about the interview’s purpose? Some colleges make it clear that your interview is an opportunity for you to learn more about the school, and the interviewer has no influence over admission decisions.

Consider what they already know about you. Has the interviewer read your resume? Do they have access to your application file? You do not need to repeat information they can get elsewhere.

Decide what you want readers to remember about you. Think characteristics, not accomplishments. What stories or examples can you share to demonstrate those characteristics? Practice sharing brief anecdotes aloud. You won’t have time for long, detailed stories.

Be curious. Ask questions about the college, program, etc. People like to share their expertise, and interviewers are no different. Your questions should be genuine and specific. Will you be meeting with an alumnus? A student? Your questions should be relevant to the interviewer’s experience as well.

Ask to follow up. Find out the best way to communicate with your interviewer in case you have additional questions.

Say thank you in writing. A handwritten note is always appreciated, though a warm, personal email can be fine too. If you do not have a personal address, you can send a handwritten note in care of the admissions office.

Do you need help polishing your resume or practicing for interviews? Wow can help. Contact Susan Knoppow at susan@wowwritingworkshop.com.