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Find ways to enhance your college application

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
When applying to colleges, students may find that some schools are interested in seeing more than a basic application. Many colleges also suggest including a résumé in order to get a better idea of who the applicant is outside of the world of grades and test scores.

Keep in mind that the résumé you create for your college application is not the same as a job résumé. A college is not looking to hire you. But the admissions officers would like to get a sense of who you are as a person, not simply as a student. Remember that an admissions officer has already seen your grades and test scores so do not attempt to pad a résumé with duplicate information. Instead, use your résumé as an opportunity to share whatever accomplishments you could not include on your application.

Be sure to include any jobs you have held, as well as any volunteer work and extracurricular activities you have taken part in. It is also important to list any awards earned at or outside of school.

In terms of format and length, a résumé should not exceed one page. The document should look clean and basic, so you should avoid using any decorative layouts, fonts or pictures. Be sure to make this document as easy to read as possible by including information in an orderly fashion. For example, list everything in chronological order and group related credentials by categories, such as "work experience" and "awards."

It is common to take one to three sentences at the start of the résumé to introduce yourself and highlight specific strengths or accomplishments that you will expand on later in the document.

Overall, every piece of information on your résumé should give the reader a better understanding of who you are and how well you fit that college’s freshman profile.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800831192-ADNFCR - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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