High School Resume Words and Tips

Most college applications request personal resume information. The Common Application requests such information in the Honors / Awards and the Extracurricular Activities and Work Experience sections.

When completing these sections, it can be beneficial to describe your experiences instead of merely listing them.  For example:

  • Instead of: Answered phones at a medical office
  • Consider: Received calls, determined nature of call, directed inquiries, scheduled appointments, organized patient files
  • Instead of:   Assistant manager at a fast food restaurant
  • Consider:  As assistant manager, I supervised 12 employees, trained team members; interviewed prospective hires, and assisted with bookkeeping

The following words can be helpful when describing your extracurricular activities, awards and achievements and volunteer service:

  • Analyzed
  • Arranged
  • Assisted
  • Attended
  • Awarded
  • Built
  • Communicated
  • Collaborated
  • Collected
  • Competed
  • Conceived
  • Coordinated
  • Created
  • Delegated
  • Delivered
  • Designed
  • Developed
  • Determined
  • Earned
  • Entertained
  • Established
  • Evaluated
  • Facilitated
  • Formulated
  • Founded
  • Greeted
  • Identified
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Initiated
  • Instructed
  • Interned
  • Led
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Mentored
  • Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Nominated
  • Oversaw
  • Participated
  • Performed
  • Persuaded
  • Placed
  • Planned
  • Practiced
  • Presented
  • Presided over
  • Ran
  • Received
  • Recognized
  • Recruited
  • Selected
  • Served
  • Spearheaded
  • Studied
  • Suggested
  • Supervised
  • Synthesized
  • Taught
  • Tested
  • Trained
  • Transformed
  • Tutored
  • Volunteered
  • Wrote
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