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많은 학부모들이 교육섹션에서 읽은 칼럼을 자녀와 함께 읽기를 원합니다. 그래서 영어로 칼럼을 써서 보내주는 마리 김 원장(아이보리우드 에듀케이션)의 칼럼과 사무엘 김 원장(스파르타 카운슬링)의 영어칼럼을 이곳에 공개합니다. 저작권은 원작자인 칼럼니스트와 이를 게재한 LA중앙일보에 있음을 알립니다. 


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Published on Oct. 9, 2017, from The Korea Daily

[LA중앙일보] 발행 2017/10/09 미주판 23면


Resumes to Get Top Colleges to Want You

by Marie Kim, Ivorywood Education

 

The other day at Ivorywood Education, the mom of one of our seniors applying to the Ivy League gasped in disbelief: “My son looks 100 times better on the resume than the actual, real person he is!”

 

This mom was partly right, partly wrong.

 

So, we spent hours to get to know him over several weeks and sessions to draw out his strengths and unique experiences. The resume we received initially left out a ton of key details, information, achievements. But by the time we revised the resume, on paper, this student became exceptionally impressive, almost unrecognizable.

 

The student did a lot over the past 6 years and the student in the resume was 100% her son. Yet the resume we revised showcased an amplified, far more desirable version of the student, and a version that would make most colleges stop to pay attention.

 

And still, a problem we encounter frequently is that parents or students are not preparing their resumes correctly or thoroughly enough. But what is said about the student on paper is vital in college admissions; it is often times, virtually everything.

 

The resume is an important document colleges review to understand as much about a student as possible and it is an opportunity to sell your best self?over and over again.

 


Resume Basics for Students

Resumes are not simply for adults like college students, college graduates, professionals; it is a tool for high schoolers in today’s college admissions world to detail achievements, activities, involvement, responsibilities. It shows what you have done with your time, background, capabilities, interests. It is the document that covers your history in a positive and focused way. And, you can start as early as 7th grade to build it.

 

Here are a number of different places and ways your resume can increase opportunities or open doors:

1.      College Application: where an online college application does not give you much flexibility to provide context about an activity and limits how much you can write, a resume is accepted at many colleges as supplementary material that can give you the chance to provide information that adds value to your case that otherwise might never be shared.

2.      Summer and Special Programs: competitive high school programs you want to be accepted into will ask for your extracurricular involvement and achievements so a resume covering your experience and skill level will help committees determine whether you are the right fit for their needs and goals.

3.      High School Internships: securing a pre-professional internship in fields such as medicine, business, engineering, or law may ask you for your resume to compare your background to many other applicants applying for some very limited openings at their company or organization.

4.      Interviews: whether for a college, a summer job, or internship, you can give your interviewer or recruiter your resume. When done right, it can help you stand out and make you memorable.

5.      Scholarships: committees determining whether you will qualify or win a scholarship often evaluate you based on more than your grades and sometimes, exclusively, on your extracurricular or co-curricular involvement, which is where a detailed resume can help.

6.      Recommendation Letters: when asking teachers or counselors for letters required for college applications or scholarships, giving them a resume summarizing your accomplishments and longterm involvement can help them write letters that glow while referring to specific, noteworthy things you’ve done.

  


Mediocre Resumes Not Good Enough

What have you done? Who are you? Who can you become?

 

The resume can answer important questions like these that college admissions officers will want to know. So, it is vital for the resume to include details and explanations about things that give them a more accurate picture of impact, contribution, and participation.

 

How you say what you did can make a significant difference in the way you are perceived. You must come alive through the resume as much as possible. Here are top 5 ways you can make your resume compelling:

 

1.      Visual Appeal: Make it easy for someone to read your resume. Avoid clutter, unnecessary phrases especially ones that repeat, pay attention to things like spacing and font style. All of these things add up to the overall, first impression of you on paper and it will say something about who you are, whether it is your intention or not.

2.      Order Matters: Where you put what first or last, at the top or towards the bottom, will influence the reader who may not always get to the bottom of a resume section or even read it to the end. By listing the most important or impressive achievements at the top or first will more likely give it the chance to get noticed while highlighting your strengths.

3.      Providing Context: There will be things on your resume that are self-explanatory and that everyone has heard of?National Merit Scholarship or AP Scholar Award, for example?you shouldn’t explain what these are. But, for some local or regional awards not well-known, provide contextual information to help readers understand better what the award or activity may be.

4.      Give Metrics and Data: How many people did you lead? How much money did you fundraise? How many hours did you spend doing something extraordinary? How many members are in the club you started? A couple of numbers can say so much about the impact you’ve made?provide data.

5.      Include Peculiarities: Did you build something for months out of someone’s garage? Were you the only female member of a team typically dominated by males? Did you complete a summer internship in Compton, California, when you’ve been a lifelong resident of a wealthy Orange County suburb? These details make you stand apart from the rest.

 

 

Resume Sections to Include
Dividing your resume into the sections will help you to cluster your activities and accomplishments in a logical and attractive format. Better organization means important achievements don’t get lost in the shuffle.

 

Including these sections is a good way to go:

 

Summary: two or three sentences to show who you are and what you hope to be or do

Education (or Academics): G.P.A., Class Rank, Test Scores, College Courses or Self-Study, Languages Spoken

Academic Awards and Honors: certificates or awards that are academic

Extracurricular Awards and Honors: certificates or awards that are non-academic and activities-based

Leadership: titles, roles, positions in activities or organizations

Internships and Work Experience: term-time or summer experiences, both paid or non-paid

Activities (or Extracurriculars): groups, clubs, athletics, arts, etc. you’re a member of and have participated in over time

Community Service (or Volunteer Experience): organizations or projects where you’ve volunteered

Hobbies and Interests: The more interesting-sounding, the better?knitting, playing chess, cooking, collecting rare coins.

 

If you are especially good at something, for example, music, math, or art, then, you should list achievements together in one exclusive section, so it appears to be a specialty area?always a plus.

 

 

Resume No-no’s

Now that you know what should go into a resume, keep in mind things you should not be doing.

 

- Don’t lie about positions you’ve never held or make up positions that never existed, or exaggerate the extent of your participation or contribution. Also, there is a difference between a 4.0 and a 3.97 G.P.A.; put the 3.97 if your official transcript says this.

-     Don’t leave out key personal information such as your phone number, e-mail, home address. You want people to reach you or recognize you correctly, so, these details can prevent confusion.

-     Don’t have embarrassing spelling or grammatical errors; you don’t want your writing to appear sloppy so dit and review everything.

-     Don’t share everything you’ve ever done, especially if it’s not something that helps your case. For example, you can leave out that “1” or “2” you scored on your A.P. exam.

-     Spell out unfamiliar acronyms or abbreviations because not everyone knows or has heard of lesser-known organizations or institutions.

-     Don’t be verbose. If you can say something in 10 words, don’t use 80 to do it. Be succinct.

-     Avoid boring, cliched phrases such as “hardworking, passionate student with outstanding work ethic.” This puts people to sleep.

 

 

Resume Advice For All Grade Levels

Seniors: Brag. This is not the time to be humble. Tell, tell! Show colleges all the things you’ve done in high school, over summers, in class, off-campus. Also, internalize your achievements?you need to be more sure of yourself than the people you’re trying to impress!

 

Juniors: Seize the last year! Don’t let a semester or summer go by without making the most of the time you have left and keep adding to your resume. Do internships, self-directed research projects, pursue leadership positions.

 

Freshman and Sophomores: Be fully involved! Hopefully, you know what you’re good at and where your interests lie; now, dive in and build skills and earn recognition to document on your resume. Look out for diverse ways or experiences to extend your interests.

 

7th and 8th Graders: This is actually the best time to start building a resume because you can also experiment and try new things. Any awards you receive, contests you win, special conferences you were invited to?write these things down so you don’t forget and keep a record of them.

The resume is a living document that needs periodic updates, depending on new achievements or activities; so it should always reflect your best self now. It is the chance for you to present who you are to colleges and you want to compile one that will make colleges want you.

 

At Ivorywood Education we work with students through various stages of the college application process, including to develop, refine, and highlight student activities and interests in their resumes and activity lists for college admissions. For a complimentary review of your resume or for more information on building or completing your resume, contact (213) 999-5416 or go to ivorywood.com.

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from Marie Kim: Resumes to Get Top Colleges to Want You