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Preparing & Sending Your Activities  Résumé

Why is a résumé important?              

    • It helps your teachers write their letters of recommendation
    • It helps your counselor write a counselor evaluation
    • It can be used as supplementary documentation to your college application
    • It helps you keep track of your activities, which will assist you in completing your college applications

 How do I create a résumé?

    • Go to Naviance Family Connection > about me > résumé
    • Use the résumé builder to complete a résumé of your activities
    • Start building your résumé early and add to it as time goes by 
    • Once your résumé is complete on Naviance, your teachers and counselor will be able to view your activities and accomplishments during high school.

Who sends my résumé to a college?

    • If you would like to send your résumé to the colleges where you are applying, you are responsible for submitting it to them.
    • You will need to format your résumé into a document and then you can send it to your colleges through their online application, the US mail, or email it to the college’s admissions office.

How do I format my résumé from my Naviance Family Connection account?

    • Enter your activities into your Naviance résumé builder
    • Click > Customize Your Printable Résumé tab
    • Click > create a new print format
    • Name your document
    • Click on the boxes of information you entered in order to include those items in the résumé
    • Click > save and close
    • Open the résumé you saved by clicking > view/print
    • Copy and paste the entire document into a Word document
    • Edit your document in Word
      • Adjust margins, spacing, etc.
      • Review the document to make sure there are no spelling errors, formatting is consistent and it looks professional