Activity 1: Gather, or reflect on the information, by category (i.e., education, work experience, school- and community-based activities, and awards) that will be reflected on your résumé REPRESENTING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE. Use the sample résumés as a guide:

  • Academic record:
    • GPA (enter a GPA based on the following scale: 90 – 100 '4.0'; 80 – 99 '3.0'; 79 or less '2.0').
    • Weighted and unweighted GPA
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • Honors, Pre-AP, AP, IB, GT, or Dual Enrollment classes
  • Community Service/Employment:
    • School-related
    • Faith- or community-related
    • Translation services
    • Tutoring, baby sitting, etc.
  • Extracurricular Activities:
    • College Planning Cohort
    • School-based activities, e.g., sports, clubs, student organizations
    • Faith- and community-based activities, e.g., church involvement, community programs, parks and recreation
    • Summer and after school programs, e.g., camps, pre-college programs, leadership
  • Honors and Awards:
    • Academic
    • Sports
    • Creative arts
    • Leadership, such as Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts or Junior Achievement
    • Perfect Attendance

Within each of the areas, indicate year(s) of involvement, leadership roles, and a brief description of the activity.

Note: Years of involvement should be listed in the following formats: 

  • List a single year for involvement that does not go beyond one year (e.g., 2017, 2018, etc.)
  • List a year range for involvement that extends beyond one year (e.g., 2014 – 2015, 2015 – 2018, etc.)
  • List the beginning year and the word 'present' for involvement that is continuous (e.g., 2014 – present, 2018 – present, etc.).
  • All dates that end in 'present' are listed first, followed by most current, e.g., ( 2016 – present, 2017 – present, 2018, 2016, 2014 – 2015, etc.)

Activity 2: This activity is likely to be a bit more difficult as you must gather, or reflect on, the information, by category (i.e., academics,  school- and community-based activities, and awards) that will be reflected on your résumé REPRESENTING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE. THIS MEANS THAT YOU MUST CAREFULLY AND THOUGHTFULLY PERFORM THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  • Go to your high school's website.
  • Perform an Internet search on the phrase “high school name + course catalog,” or review the Course Catalog that you are able to get from your high school, to identify all available clubs, bands, athletic teams, organizations, or available honors.
    • Select the activities in which you wish to participate (and years of participation)
    • Select the awards that you wish to receive (and years in which you desire to be recognized)

Note: Each high school goal must be preceded by an asterisk (*) to distinguish it as a 'Goal' and not something that you have actually done (e.g, *GPA 4.0; *Class Rank: Top 5%; *Varsity Football Team, etc.)

  • Academic record:
    • GPA (enter a GPA based on the following scale: 90 – 100 '4.0'; 80 – 99 '3.0'; 79 or less '2.0').
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • Honors, Pre-AP, AP, IB, GT, or Dual Enrollment classes
  • Community Service:
    • School-related
    • Faith- or community related
    • Translation services
    • Tutoring, baby sitting, etc.
  • Extracurricular Activities:
    • College Planning Cohort
    • School-based activities, e.g., sports, clubs, student organizations
    • Faith- and community-based activities, e.g., church involvement, community programs, parks and recreation
    • Summer and after school programs, e.g., camps, pre-college programs, leadership
  • Honors and Awards:
    • Academic
    • Sports
    • Creative arts
    • Leadership, such as Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts or Junior Achievement
    • Perfect Attendance

Activity 3: Organize your information and make a hand-written draft so that you may quickly enter your information into the 'Résumé Builder' form. Note that each section should be in chronological order based on year(s) of involvement beginning with the most current year.

Activity 4: Following each of the steps listed below should allow you to correctly enter your information into the 'Résumé Builder.'

Note: Use your resume to set goals by placing activities, leadership roles, and awards that you 'want to earn or participate in' on your résumé preceded by an asterisk (e.g., Captain of the Varsity Football Team, National Honor Society, etc.)

How to Access and Use the Résumé Builder

  1. Click onto the 'Account' menu at the top of the page
  2. Select 'Resume Page' from the dropdown menu
  3. The résumé that you develop is assigned to your username and will be accessible as long as you are enrolled in our program.

Information Menu: Enter your name, phone, email, and address with correct capitalization, e.g.:

  • Kimberly Hadaway
  • P.O. Box 70457
    Marietta, GA 20007
  • cpc@collegeplanningcohort.com
  • 678.395.5825

Activities, Experiences, Education, Community Service, Awards, Etc. Menu:

  • When you first open the Resume Builder, you will be able to add information into the blocks beneath the following headings:
    • Education/Career Objective
    • Education
    • Community Service/Employment
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • Honors and Awards
    • Skills
  • In the TEXT BLOCK, beneath the 'Education/Career Objective' caption, you may add a career description. If you choose not to add a career description, you may click onto the 'X' to on the top right side of each box to delete the boxes from your résumé.
  • In the first DETAILS BLOCK, beneath the 'Education' caption, enter your information in the following manner:
    • Enter the year that you began and year that you will end high school (e.g., 2018 – 2022), in the Dates field
    • Enter the name of your high school in the Company/School field
    • Enter the City, State (e.g., Atlanta, GA) in the Position field
    • If you have attended more than one high school or have taken dual enrollment classes at a college, enter all of the information as you did above into the second DETAILS BLOCK
  • In the first DETAILS BLOCK, beneath the 'Community Service/Employment' caption, enter your information in the following manner:
    • Use a separate DETAILS BLOCK for each community service or job, beginning with each activity in which you are currently engage (i.e, 'Present' is in the date). Activities in which you have been involved the longest are listed first, e.g., 2006 – present; 2013 – present; 2018 – present.
      • Enter the time period (by year) that you were involved, or have been involved, in the activity (e.g., 2018 – 2022), in the Dates field
    • Enter the name of the activity or company in the Company/School field
    • Enter your position (e.g., Captain, President, Volunteer, Clerk) in the Position field
    • Describe the activity in the text area, e.g., I served on the College Planning Cohort Youth Leadership Board
    • Repeat these steps for each community service or job
  • In the first DETAILS BLOCK, beneath the 'Extracurricular Activities' caption, enter your information in the following manner:
    • Use a separate DETAILS BLOCK for each extracurricular activity, beginning with each activity in which you are currently engage (i.e, 'Present' is in the date). Activities in which you have been involved the longest are listed first, e.g., 2006 – present; 2013 – present; 2018 – present.
      • Enter the time period (by year) that you were involved, or have been involved, in the activity (e.g., 2018 – 2022), in the Dates field
    • Enter the name of the activity in the Company/School field
    • Enter your position (e.g., Captain, President, Volunteer, Clerk) in the Position field
    • Leave the text box blank
    • Repeat these steps for each extracurricular activity
  • In the first DETAILS BLOCK, beneath the 'Honors and Awards' caption, enter your information in the following manner:
    • Use a separate DETAILS BLOCK for honor or award, beginning with each honor or award that you have received. Use a date range for multi-year awards, such as varsity letters, honor roll, etc., e.g., 2006 – present; 2013 – present; 2018 – present.
    • Enter the name of the honor or award in the Company/School field
    • Enter your type of award (e.g., varsity letter, first place, etc.) in the Position field
    • Repeat these steps for each honor or award
  • Expanding the Resume Builder: The following boxes at the bottom of the Resume Builder allow you to add details, headings, or text boxes:
    • Add Details
    • Add Heading
    • Add Text
  • You may remove boxes by clicking onto the 'X' in the upper righthand corner of any box
  • You may move boxes by clicking onto the 3 lines in the upper lefthand corner of any box, next to the name of the box, and dragging the box upward or downward
  • DON'T FORGET TO SAVE!
  • Select 'Save Resume' when you done with your editing
  • Select 'View Resume' for an onscreen view of your resume
  • Select 'Save as PDF' to print your resume, or for a view of how your resume will look when printed
  • You may return to the Resume Builder at any time and select 'Edit' if you wish to make corrections to your resume

Skills Menu: This area is optional and should only be used if you have developed unique workplace skills or recognized gifts and talents in athletics, music, art, dance, theatre, etc.