How To Write An Academic Resume | Frequently Asked Questions

In this post, I’ll talk about some common academic resume concerns. I’ll also answer some frequent questions I get. So, if you or someone you know wants to learn about how to write a college application resume, this article is a definite must-read.

Academic Resume for College 101: Frequently Asked Questions

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Does An Academic Resume Have to Be One Page?

Does An Academic Resume Have to Be One Page | How To Write An Academic Resume | Frequently Asked Questions

While it’s known that a professional resume or a curriculum vitae must be one-page, a college resume format can be different and have more than a page. Although admissions officers may prefer to be reading only one page because they are overworked during this season, please still include everything you need to make your resume stand out. If it’s two pages full of regional, national, and international awards and/or fascinating internships and interesting educational pursuits, let it be two pages.

What Other Information Can I Add to My Academic Resume?

What Other Information Can I Add to My Academic Resume | How To Write An Academic Resume | Frequently Asked Questions

If your resume includes a paragraph or two of explanation for a particular kind of nontraditional schooling due to health, home circumstances, religious beliefs, educational philosophy, art preparation, etc., please do include that explanation. This is what the common application’s “additional information” section is all about.

Can I Use Different Fonts in Writing My Resume?

Can I Use Different Fonts in Writing My Resume | How To Write An Academic Resume | Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Your title font for all headings should be in dark blue, bold, and italicized. Also, it has to be left justified on the page with a list of activities in black, 12 point, Times New Roman. You also have to list the dates from most contemporary to least contemporary.

Do Separate Sections Receive Separate Titles?

Do Separate Sections Receive Separate Titles | How To Write An Academic Resume | Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. For titles, you have options: education; academic awards and honors; service awards and honors; athletic awards and honors; arts awards and honors; leadership; communication or public service; summer experiences; jobs or internships; speaking engagements; etc.

Add short explanations for each leadership event in which you’ve participated. Explain your role in your college application resume. Colleges want to know whether you are only a member or whether you actually led a group to success, fundraised, founded, or directed a project, etc.

Tip: Separate the elements in each line of your listing by commas only.

Example: National Coca-Cola Scholar, Coca-Cola Foundation, presented to the top 250 graduating seniors in the US, $25,000 scholarship, 2017.

 

After reading the FAQs above, you may want to learn some tips in writing your own academic resume. Here’s a video from eHowEducation to help you get started:

We hope these frequently asked questions about academic resumes help you in writing your own for upcoming college applications, and soon for a job or internship opportunity. Remember to apply these guidelines whenever you create important application documents. Follow this blog for more tips to help you with your college application, such as how to write and enhance your academic college résumé.

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