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Preparing & Sending Your Activities  Résumé

Why is a résumé important?              

    • A résumé helps your counselor to write a complete counselor evaluation.
    • It is a very professional supplemental document to your college applications.
    • It helps you keep track of your activities and completing your college applications.
    • It is used to apply for future opportunities including employment, scholarships and internships.

 How do I create a résumé?

    • Go to your Naviance account > about me > my stuff > résumé.
    • Use the résumé builder to complete a résumé of your activities, work & volunteer experiences, athletics etc.
    • Start building your résumé early and add to it as time goes by.
    • Once your résumé is complete in Naviance, your counselor will be able to view your activities and accomplishments during high school.

How do I format my résumé from my Naviance account?

    • Enter your activities into your Naviance résumé builder at Add/Update Sections.
    • Click > Print/Export Résumé & then the plus sign.
    • Name your résumé, choose the template & click continue.
    • Click on the boxes of information you entered to include those items on your résumé.
    • Click > Update resume.
    • Open the résumé you saved by clicking > Download DOCX.
    • Edit your résumé:
      • Adjust margins, spacing, use bold and underling for emphasis.
      • Review your résumé to make sure there are no spelling errors, your formatting is consistent and your résumé looks professional.

Save your edited résumé to your own files.

How do I send my résumé to a college?

    • You are responsible for sending your résumé to your colleges.
    • In some cases, a college application will have a place for you to upload your résumé. If not, you can send a paper copy via the US Mail or email it as an attachment to the admissions representative/office and ask that it be added to your file.