High School Resume Examples

The overall employment rate for high school graduates is expected to grow by 5% from 2016 to 2026, which is the average amount of growth expected for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While an individual isn’t guaranteed employment with a high school diploma, those who do find a job may earn more and can expect lower unemployment rates than those without a diploma. In 2018, workers with a high school diploma earned approximately $200 a week more than those without, and the unemployment rate was around 5%.

For high school graduates, the top earners are those who receive on-the-job-training and apprenticeships in occupations such as driver, storage and distribution manager, detective and criminal investigator and commercial pilot, but all require at least a high school diploma to get started.

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High School Resume Examples (Text Format)

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Michelle Hamilton
(111) 123-4567
youremailaddress@email.com
1234 Your Street, Sacramento, CA 94248

Profile

Studious high school graduate with a passion for the health and well-being of animals. Possesses valuable skills learned through high-school FFA and is an experienced pet owner who demonstrates empathy and compassion toward all types of animals.

Key Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to express empathy for both animals and their owners
  • Detail oriented
  • Able to stand for long periods
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Experienced with data entry
  • Microsoft Word
  • Available for flexible work shifts
  • Familiar with veterinarian procedures and equipment

Education

College Prep Diploma, Sacramento High School
Sacramento, CA, August 2015 – May 2019, GPA 4.5

  • Took advanced core curriculum classes in science, math and language arts for college credit
  • Attended National Honors Society conference
  • Member of the debate club
  • Volunteered as a teacher’s aide

Work Experience

Volunteer, Sacramento Veterinary Clinic, Sacramento, CA
January 2019-present

  • Provide support to animals, including cleaning cages, feeding, walking and other basic shelter upkeep tasks
  • Assist veterinarian and additional staff with various daily tasks
  • Communicate with pet owners
  • Answers incoming phone calls
  • Mail important reminders to existing patients
  • Organize and file patient records
  • Help maintain adequate inventory levels of supplies
  • Refills paper towels and other exam room essentials as needed

Brenda Martin
(123) 456-7890
Name@sampleemailaddress.com
1234 Your Street, Tampa, FL 33601

Profile

Ambitious and responsible high school graduate with excellent communication skills and retail experience. Possesses a background in sales and an interest in merchandising.

Work Experience

Sales Associate, XYZ Clothing, Tampa, FL
May 2019 – Present

  • Provide excellent customer service to new and existing customers
  • Greet customers
  • Operate cash register on an as-needed basis
  • Tag and display incoming merchandise and perform markdowns on previous season styles
  • Create creative clothing displays on a weekly basis
  • Maintain a clean and tidy work area
  • Assist customers with sizing and product choices

Assistant, Paw Plus Pet Shop, Tampa, FL
April 2018 – May 2019

  • Assisted customers with pet product selections
  • Remained knowledgeable on existing inventory, including product types and brands
  • Answered incoming phone calls and scheduled grooming and training appointments
  • Stocked shelves and maintained inventory
  • Cleaned and sanitized pet access areas
  • Worked the cash register and helped other retail associates as needed

Education

High School Diploma
Tampa High School, Tampa, FL, August 2015 – May 2019

Key Skills

  • Ability to work well with animals
  • Creative problem solving
  • Customer service
  • Excellent verbal skills
  • Knowledgeable about inventory control
  • Merchandising
  • POS systems

Allison Smith
(123) 456-7890
youremailaddress@email.com
123 Main Street, Atlanta, GA 30301

Profile

Recent high school graduate with a 4.0 GPA with excellent time management and communication skills. Proven team-building experience and a strong work ethic and desire to learn.

Work Experience

Volunteer, Her Place Women’s Shelter, Atlanta, GA
January 2019-Present

  • Welcome incoming patients and guests and assist individuals in locating their rooms and obtaining various necessities
  • Assist in cleaning empty rooms, including changing linens and wastebaskets and sterilizing all surfaces
  • Help increase resident’s satisfaction by answering questions, distributing mail and providing guidance to local help organizations
  • Maintain confidentiality of all shelter residents
  • Be available for a flexible work shift

Cashier, Family Restaurant, Atlanta, GA
February 2018 – January 2019

  • Handled approximately 50 food service transactions each shift, including issuing receipts and recording customer suggestions
  • Seated customers and provided water and necessities as they entered the establishment
  • Answered incoming phone calls and took reservations on a daily basis
  • Relayed customer orders to the kitchen
  • Assisted wait staff and kitchen staff as needed

Education

High School College Prep Diploma
Atlanta High School, Atlanta, GA, August 2015 – May 2019

Key Skills

  • Microsoft Word
  • POS systems
  • Multiline phone system
  • Communication skills
  • Advanced math abilities
  • Customer service experience

Michelle Hamilton
(111) 123-4567
youremailaddress@email.com
1234 Your Street, Sacramento, CA 94248

Profile

Motivated high school graduate who demonstrates a strong will to succeed and an excellent work ethic. Demonstrated past experience taking care of children in a formal setting and enjoys working with children of all ages.

Key Skills

  • Patient
  • Excellent interpersonal and age-appropriate communication skills
  • Ability to work flexible shifts
  • High physical stamina
  • Comfortable working with children of all ages
  • Reliable
  • Responsible

Education

High School Diploma, GPA 4.0
Texas Preparatory School, Austin, TX, August 2015 – May 2019

  • Received perfect attendance award for all 4 years of high school
  • Awarded Most Valuable Player in volleyball
  • Voted Most Likely to Succeed by the student body
  • Named Who’s Who in American High Schools
  • Took extracurricular classes in computer science

Work Experience

Childcare Provider, Sacramento, CA 94248
January 2016-Present

  • Care for two children ages four and six
  • Create educational and engaging activities to pass time
  • Organize and clean the play area
  • Provide meals and snacks and assist with nap times
  • Work with children’s parents to provide the desired level of care and facilitate a positive parent/teacher relationship
  • Be available for nights and weekends as needed
  • Engage children in outdoor activities

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for High School Resumes

The skills needed for employment as a high school graduate vary depending on the type of employment and will be listed within the specific job description. For many occupations, employers use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan resumes looking for individuals who match the job description. This helps eliminate unqualified individuals from the applicant pool.

When crafting your resume and cover letter, it’s important that you use the right combination of key skills and action verbs to ensure you make it through the first round of the application process. For high school graduates, there are some general skills and action verbs that are helpful for use in your job hunt.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Ability to follow directions Active listening
Customer service Interpersonal skills
Organization Reading
Software programs Time management
Verbal communication Written communication
Action Verbs
Accomplished Attended
Balanced Communicated
Earned Exceeded
Explored Gained
Handled Identified
Maintained Observed
Participated Performed

Tips for Writing a Better High School Resume

Showcase your educational achievements

Education provides transferable experience for high school graduates when applying for entry-level positions. Consider any leadership positions you’ve held, any honors received and any clubs or activities that demonstrated your ability to perform the duties of the position you are applying for. For example, for a landscaping or groundskeeping job that requires someone with knowledge in gardening and the ability to operate landscaping tools, be sure to mention any agricultural classes or involvement in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club and any other experience you have working in an outside environment.

Example #1

Good


High School Diploma
Buckhead High School, Buckhead, GA, August 2015 – May 2019

  • President of FFA from 2018 to 2019
  • Received certificate of recognition in horticulture
  • Actively participated in National Ag Week

Bad


High School Diploma
Buckhead High School, Buckhead, GA, August 2015 – May 2019

Example #2

Good


High School Diploma
Tallahassee High School, Tallahassee, FL, August 2015 – May 2019

  • Completed the Pathways to Horticulture program
  • Presented class-winning landscape design as an end-of-the-year project
  • Assisted with the care and cultivation of the school flower garden which contained over 50 species of flowers and plants

Bad


High School Diploma
Tallahassee High School, Tallahassee, FL, August 2015 – May 2019

Highlight non-work experience important for the role

Feature any abilities you’ve learned through summer volunteer opportunities. Many high school graduates take part in volunteer positions to gain expertise and fill the time off from classes in a productive and meaningful manner. For example, a high school graduate interested in a future in the medical field and who has volunteered at a local hospital throughout the summer can include the skills obtained waiting on patients and supporting trained medical professionals.

Example #1

Good


Assisted with changing over 50 beds, cleaning rooms, answering patients’ calls and helping patients with chronic conditions perform daily tasks

Bad


Kept patients happy on a daily basis

Example #2

Good


Obtained CPR certification while volunteering

Bad


Learned how to care for patients

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Aligning your resume with the job description helps you get the attention of the hiring manager and strengthens your chance at getting an interview. When making a decision on the best candidate, the hiring manager needs to see you have the background to fit in with the company culture and handle the required tasks. To do this, you should customize a single resume for each position you apply for instead of sending out a standard general resume.

To do this, start by scanning through the job description, and highlight all important skills and requirements the company has listed. Your resume should include as many of these skills as possible. As a high school graduate, focus on any skills and achievements you achieved throughout the course of your educational career, including any experience gained through part-time employment and summer jobs.

Example Job Description for High School Graduates


Hometown Pharmacy is devoted to serving its customers and contributing to the wellness of the community by providing quality products in a friendly atmosphere. Our patient-centered business requires an applicant with a passion for the health industry and a commitment to customer service. The ideal applicant will work closely with the pharmacist, other team members and support staff to complete transactions and to ensure the satisfaction of each customer. The individual will help check the accuracy of filled prescriptions, keep inventory filed and neatly organized and help answer any questions from shoppers.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service through active communication
  • Manage incoming phone calls from medical facilities and patients
  • File and maintain existing confidential customer files within the online database
  • Monitor on-hand inventory
  • flexible work-week schedule
  • Assist in all duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • High school diploma
  • Interest in the medical field
  • Computer skills preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Preference is given to those going into a college degree program in the medical field

Incorporate the skills you’ve highlighted in the job description with your existing skills and experience to help you get noticed. As a recent high school graduate, you likely won’t have much work history, so it’s important to convert educational experience to job skills and include any volunteer opportunities. If you’ve volunteered over the summer or through an internship, use that experience as work experience.

High School Graduate Work Experience Example


Front Desk Volunteer, Animal Medical Care, Gainesville, GA

August 2019 – Present

  • Manage incoming phone calls from existing and new patients
  • File and maintain health information for over 150 patients
  • Assist patients in completing transactions for new medications
  • inventory of in-stock pet medications
  • Provide support to all veterinarians and other staff members
  • Work a flexible work-week schedule
  • Treat each animal with respect and care in a timely manner by prioritizing cases based on the immediate need