Is a student-submitted resume suggested? How/when/where?

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Is a student-submitted resume suggested? How/when/where?

Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

Is a student-submitted resume suggested? How/when/where?

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Pam Proctor
Author The College Hook

Is a student-submitted resume suggested? How/when/where?

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Seth Allen
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Grinnell College

Is a student-submitted resume suggested? How/when/where?

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Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

Is a student-submitted resume suggested? How/when/where?

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Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Student-Submitted Resume

Yes, I do encourage students to create a professional-looking resume prior to their senior year. Often the Common App does not provide enough space for students who have a number of activities to share or those who want to provide in-depth information. The resume may be uploaded to the Common App. In addition, the students can bring the resume with them when going on interviews. It may prompt questions by the interviewer and also serve to help the interviewer while he or she is writing a report.

Wendy Andreen, PhD
College & Career Planning

Expanded Resume - Absolutely!

Unless the college specifically says a resume may not be submitted (there are a few), I always tell students to submit an 'expanded' resume. Expanded is the critical word. (The application form has limited space so always be sure your best and most important information is on the form.) What is an expanded resume? It uses 'action statements' to provide depth for each activity. Begin each statement with a verb and succinctly describe your involvement. Example: --Organized and supervised a clothing drive for the homeless, --Recruited volunteers and delivered clothing to shelter. Your initial resume should be completed by the end of your junior year so you will have copies to take with you when you visit colleges. You may offer a copy to admissions officers, professors, alumni interviewers. Even if they don't use it - you came prepared! You should update it at the end of the summer and be sure your counselor has the most current version. When submitting your expanded resume (yes, it may be longer than two pages - it's not a corporate resume), if you are uploading it, send it as a pdf so it will retain its format. If you are mailing it, ask your registrar if it can be included with the transcript (if it is going by snail mail). Otherwise, mail it in a manila envelope with correct postage. Be sure your full name and ID are on each page of the resume to make sure it gets to your file.

Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

That depends.....

The Common Application now has 12 boxes, where a student can list: school activities, jobs, interests, hobbies etc. If you really have more activities/accomplishments then the space would provide then you do have the option of uploading a resume in the Additional Information section. What you have listed on your resume however should not be redundant to what you have already listed. And it should indeed add something to your overall profile. Having a resume can be helpful though, you might want to give it to your teachers, who will be submitting recommendations for you and your guidance counselor as well. Some students like to bring a resume to a college interview, which can facilitate conversation.

Erica White
College & Career Counselor Middletown High School

Is a student-submitted resume suggested? How/when/where?

I encourage all of my students to submit a resume. It is a great way to help market yourself in a clear, concise manner. Students can attach their resume to their commonapp under the writing tab in the additional information section. Due to the fact that the commonapp only allows for 10 activities, a student can use their resume to further highlight their activities. If using a regular paper or online application. Students can have their high school counselor send in the resume with their transcripts or email the admissions department with their attachment.

Patricia Aviezer
President Inside Track To College, Inc.

Resume Writing is a "Life Skill"

Your college's instructions on the application should always be your first point of reference for whether a college wants you to submit a resume as part of their online application. Having said that, when I work with students I always have them draft an academic resume, (Art students will draft an artistic resume as well) to help organize their information about their experiences, involvement, honors/awards by category. Resume writing is a great exercise because now if applications are requesting this information in a "bulleted" format, limiting the number of comments a student can make, writing the resume as a first step helps prioritize and organize each category to apply this information in the required format. Resumes evolve over time, so by becoming familiar with the layout and concepts of effective resume development, students learn the skills needed to recreate resumes for various purposes in the future. READ THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY! If the college does not make a statement about NO RESUME, it can be very helpful to supply one by snail mail. When would a student provide a resume if an application does not request one? If the student is a powerhouse and the "other" information on the resume is additive to the application and because of space constraints this information was not included, it could be sent.

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

Every Senior Needs a Resume

All high school seniors should create a resume. Resumes are excellent tools for sharing information in a standard format. To create a resume, start with a template from Microsoft Word (your guidance office may also have samples). Before submitting your resume, have your guidance counselor, English teacher, or another trusted adult proofread it for clarity and accuracy. You should bring a resume with you to each college interview, supply each person writing a letter of recommendation with a copy, and send it along with your college application. You will need to update your resume annually as you apply for scholarships, seek internships, find part-time employment, and prepare for life beyond college.