College Admissions Counselor Resume Examples of 2023

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Hideo Araki
123 Bridge Street, Boston, MA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Admissions Counselor with 5+ years of experience at a small liberal arts college. Dedicated to helping make higher education more accessible and affordable to underprivileged student groups. Combine broad admissions and financial aid knowledge with a willingness to learn new systems and procedures.

Areas of Expertise

  • Application Essay Instruction
  • Career Counseling
  • College Affordability
  • College Transition Planning
  • Event Planning & Organizing
  • Program Development
  • Public Speaking & Presentations
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Student & Family Relations
  • Student Coaching & Advising
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Team Collaboration
  • Test Preparation
  • Workshop Facilitation

Professional Experience

College Admissions Counselor, MLS College, Boston, MA | August 2017 to Present
[One of New England’s top-ranked liberal arts colleges.]

  • Coach and advise prospective students on all stages of the college admissions process
  • Recommend and explain appropriate grants, scholarships, and other financial aid options to help prospective students defray current and future education costs
  • Help students prepare application materials and schedule tests required for admission
  • Organized and led a new 5-workshop program addressing FAQs about the college admissions process. Program exceeded all participation goals and was made a yearly school event

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Psychology, Boston College, Boston, MA | May 2017
3.9 GPA | summa cum laude

Technical Skills

Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Amar Singh
123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Collaborative College Admissions Counselor with 5+ years of experience. Skilled communicator who puts admission and financial aid topics in clear terms for diverse applicants and their families. Experienced public speaker passionate about conveying the value of higher education to prospective students. Adapt readily to new work challenges and conditions. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

Key Skills

  • Application Essay Instruction
  • Career Counseling
  • College Affordability
  • College Transition Planning
  • Event Planning & Organizing
  • Procedure Improvement
  • Program Development
  • Public Speaking & Presentations
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Student & Family Relations
  • Student Coaching & Advising
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Team Collaboration
  • Test Preparation
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Writing Principles & Instruction

Professional Experience

College Admissions Counselor, TNN College, San Francisco, CA | August 2017 to Present

  • Member of an 11-person admissions and career services team
  • Ensure students understand all application essay requirements and offer tips and resources for managing the writing process
  • Build positive, productive relationships with diverse high school students and their families
  • Introduced a more efficient system for documenting each individual’s work and progress. System enhanced student communications and raised overall team efficiency by 15%

Education

University of California, Berkeley

Master’s Degree – Counseling | May 2017
Bachelor’s Degree – Counseling | May 2015

Affiliation

Member, National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)

Language

Fluency in Spanish | Proficiency in Italian

Allison Rosenberg
123 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Admissions Counselor with 5+ years of experience at a large university. Provide helpful information and resources while connecting potential students’ interests to a school’s academic and extracurricular offerings.

Key Skills

  • Application Essay Instruction
  • Career Counseling
  • College Affordability
  • College Transition Planning
  • Event Planning & Organizing
  • Personnel Training
  • Program Development
  • Public Speaking & Presentations
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Student & Family Relations
  • Student Coaching & Advising
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Team Collaboration
  • Test Preparation
  • Workshop Facilitation

Professional Experience

College Admissions Counselor, EDU University, San Diego, CA | August 2017 to Present

  • Help high schoolers navigate the school’s admissions process and plan for smooth transition to college life
  • Provide career advice, resources, and counseling as appropriate to support students’ long-term professional growth and success
  • Serve on committee planning three major admissions fairs and events per semester
  • Recently took on a leadership role, training and overseeing three new administrative staff members

Education & Professional Development

University of California, San Diego

Master’s Degree – Counseling | May 2017
Bachelor’s Degree – Psychology | May 2015

College Admissions Specialist, American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Tips for Writing a Better College Admissions Counselor Resume

1. Express the impact of your work with students

Don’t just list your counseling work details. Capture their value to a school community. You can do this by remembering that each of your duties has some positive impact or influence, helping your broader organization succeed in the short and long term. Speak to that broader impact in your job descriptions, and you’ll strengthen your resume significantly.

You may be unable to recall examples or data to quantify a specific work area. If so, you can always state the general, intended result or value of the duty in question. Try simply adding the phrase “in order to” at the end of the duty statement, then jotting down whatever general purposes or outcomes you think of (and then delete “in order” from your final resume for brevity).

You might be surprised how much stronger the revised statement is. Just as important, it’s a more accurate account of your work’s depth and influence.

Examples:

— Recommend and explain appropriate grants, scholarships, and other financial aid options [in order] to help prospective students defray current and future education costs

— Provide career advice, resources, and counseling as appropriate [in order] to support students’ long-term professional growth and success

2. Use active language to bring your counseling work to life

The best way to write in a lively, active tone is to think of your material as a story with “characters and their actions,” in the words of Joseph Williams’s influential writing book “Style: Toward Clarity and Grace.”

And who’s the primary character of your resume? You, of course.

Your resume may contain many details on various subjects, but you should focus them all on yourself and your past contributions. To achieve this effect grammatically, start each job description sentence with an “I” statement, then remove the “I” and leave the rest of the sentence.

Example:

College Admissions Counselor, TNN College, San Francisco, CA | August 2017 to Present

[I’m a] Member of an 11-person admissions and career services team

[I] Ensure students understand all application essay requirements and offer tips and resources for managing the writing process

[I] Build positive, productive relationships with diverse high school students and their families

3. Rely on traditional fonts

When it comes to fonts, a classic serif style is usually best for job seekers in the academic realm. Try one of these four: Cambria, Century, Book Antiqua, or Bookman Old Style. (Also note, Century looks great in small caps for section headers).

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on College Admissions Counselor Resumes

For a better college admissions counselor resume, include a “Key Skills” section (as in the resume examples above). This section can help you sell employers on the overall value of your candidacy. It can also help your resume perform better in ATS scans. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Application Essay Instruction Career Counseling
College Affordability College Transition Planning
Event Planning & Organizing Procedure Improvement
Program Development Public Speaking & Presentations
Reporting & Documentation Student & Family Relations
Student Coaching & Advising Student Financial Aid
Team Collaboration Test Preparation
Workshop Facilitation Writing Principles & Instruction

Note: As the above list indicates, you should stick with nouns and noun phrases in this section. Reserve personal attributes and adjectives (like “Resourceful,” “Inventive,” or “Service-oriented”) for your Profile summary.

Common Action Verbs for College Admissions Counselor Resumes

You can boost your resume by starting each bullet point with a dynamic action verb. Below are 20 examples of good verbs for a college admissions counselor resume:

Action Verbs
Advise Coach
Collaborate Connect
Consult Coordinate
Develop Document
Enhance Facilitate
Organize Plan
Prepare Present
Promote Recommend
Recruit Refer
Suggest Support

How to Align Your College Admissions Counselor Resume With a Job Posting

When you find a job posting that intrigues you, focus on any description provided by the hiring school or university. What are the school’s stated values? Do they overlap with your own? If so, include a mention of that in your resume Profile. Doing so will make your resume that much more inclusive to the job at hand and likely to attract the hiring manager’s notice.

More Resume & Cover Letter Resources

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs for school and career counselors will increase by about 10 percent between 2021 and 2031. For more insight on finding opportunities in this field and similar fields, check out the links below:

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