When to drop High School related activities/experience from resumer/linkedin.

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Sophomore here at a semi-target. When do you suggest students start deleting any high school related stuff from their resumer/linkedin account? I went to a New England prep school with some pretty good activities but still. I don't have too much finance experience yet, but when is it time to remove the "Camp Counselor", "Grocery Clerk" and "High School Community Service Club President" etc. positions from your resume or linkedin?

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Jul 30, 2013

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Jul 30, 2013

Rising junior - just finished my sophomore year. I dropped mostly everything - particularly all extra curricular positions from high school. I did work as a research assistant in a lab for a year and a half and was paid to do it while in HS so I kept that on there when I applied to sophomore internships.

I would say only keep something substantial that involved a time commitment over a long period of time (6 months to a year). And remove it before junior recruiting as you should have enough experiences then.

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Jul 30, 2013

Ok thanks. The only reason I ask is because the internships/programs for banks that I will be applying to next year or the year after care a lot about the individual and his grades more so than any previous business experience since they'll mostly be training us and want good people. I feel that some of the activities/experience represent me and my interests well even though they aren't business related. So I should drop the high school summer jobs and camp counselor positions? My friends who are a year older than me and at Ivies still have those on their Linkedin/Resumes.

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Jul 30, 2013

Keep SAT scores. If there's anything actually special (graduated Valedictorian) or related, maybe think about keeping it.

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Jul 30, 2013

I had a question like this a few months ago, and the folks on here told me to delete the McDonalds cashier/Lifeguard/Rec league referee type jobs ASAP. I had one govt job in HS where I worked with college freshmen so I figured it was worth keeping until I get another internship next summer that can bump it off the page.

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Jul 30, 2013

Ok just deleted that stuff. What about community service organizations where I dedicated 250+ hours for inner city outreach programs as well as specific high school leadership positions (think class president/admissions committee reader.)

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Jul 30, 2013

Right away. College activities matter at this point.

Jul 30, 2013

If you're a rising sophomore you can leave the notable stuff on there (i.e. president of a club, top X% of your class, etc.), especially since your resume is probably rather thin otherwise. You also need to leave one job on there IMO - if you have no "experience" at all it looks like you are spoiled or unemployable. Most people worked a crappy summer job when they were young, they'll know where you're coming from.

By your senior year all HS references should be gone unless you have an extraordinary accomplishment (won a national contest, Olympian, etc). SAT scores should stay on your resume throughout college if they are good, or if the firm you're applying to asks for them.

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Jul 30, 2013

Drop that stuff after your freshman year

Aug 11, 2013

Sorry to bump this (I see that it's a few weeks old), but I was wondering whether it's prudent to include awards from things such as the International Mathematics Olympiad. I see people including things like this on graduate school applications many years after the fact, but I'm not sure whether it's the same when applying for analytical/quantitative jobs.

Aug 11, 2013

I'd keep it because it reinforces that analytic piece, but reserve it for your awards/activities section if you have one.

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Aug 11, 2013

Do not put high school content as a college senior

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Aug 11, 2013

Yeah that is a big no, no. There should be zero high school content on your resume by the time your a senior in college.

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Aug 11, 2013

agreed. close thread.

Aug 11, 2013

Just curious but.... PWM internships while in highschool ok to have under experience?

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Aug 11, 2013

How about high school experience for sophomore resume?

Aug 11, 2013

If your resume is empty and you have some sort of legit HS work experience as a sophomore, or even as a junior, you can put it on there. By legit I mean something where if asked about it you can describe whhat you learned and how it will help you with the job you are applying for. I would say a PWM gig is fine to put on as a sophomore or junior as long as you can list things you actually did and speak to them. If all you really did was answer phones and didn't learn much, leave it off.

Aug 11, 2013

thank you.

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Aug 11, 2013

What if you went to a magnet high school?

Aug 11, 2013

what if you were like valedictorian etc..

Aug 11, 2013

im curius about this as well

Aug 11, 2013

Would SAT, ACT scores be valid?

Aug 11, 2013

This has been discussed add noseum, but here we go again:
One line is fine, tell them that you were captain of a sport or something, that might attract their attention. Also if you were valedictorian and had a 1600 on your SAT go ahead and put it in(if you are from the newer generation, don't bother with your SAT, no one except you understand the new scale). All if all, I have two lines for my high school experience on my resume.
They were more interested by the research I did in undergrad and grad school though...

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Aug 11, 2013

People can feel free to disagree, but I left Eagle Scout on my resume when I went through the interview process. I thought it conveyed a lot of my positive traits. Furthermore, many successful people are Eagle Scouts, and the award is generally respected.

Personally, that's about all I put from high school. One exception was I also put the name of the Charlotte high school I graduated from when I was interviewing with Charlotte banks (and maybe other southern banks...I can't remember). I thought that might provoke some positive or neutral chit-chat (for example, "Oh you went to _____, so did I/my spouse" or "...so do my children."). I thought it probably wouldn't hurt and might help. I didn't include any leadership positions, awards, honors, etc. though.

My mentality was basically: if it might start positive discussion in an interview or be looked positively upon, leave it in; if an interviewer would probably just skim past it or question you about it, leave it out. Nothing generic. Again, feel free to disagree.

Aug 11, 2013

I would put the name of my high school, because I went to probably the best public school in the country, which is in new york city and most wall street people know about. I assume new york private schools are excellent to put on, as all of wall street shells out hundreds of thousands to send their kids there. I doubt it makes much difference but if a person knows it, there will be agood talking point for me in interviews.

Aug 11, 2013

You can limit the HS section to one line item. maybe two if you were a valedictorian or something.

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Aug 11, 2013

eagle scout doesn't mean shit. i was an eagle scout back in the day. about the only thing it means is that you were bored enough to dick around with a bunch of pre-teens/teens for X number of years.

Aug 11, 2013

I think Eagle scout is actually a valuable award to place on the resume. It shows commitment, leadership and teamwork. Also, if you are interviewed by someone who is an eagle scout it tends to be a bonus (in my experience). I just have eagle scout listed as an honor in my honors section with other scholarships and awards.

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Aug 11, 2013

at my old High school I was in a Finance academy from my sophomore year to senior year, and they actually replaced most of the elective classes with finance classes (i.e. Accounting, Financial Planning, Financial Operations, and a few other business courses) however, these classes did not count as college credit. Do you think this would be appropriate to have on my resume?

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Aug 11, 2013

probably a question you should ask your career advisor. Look around for any internship experience online and through cold-emailing. Shouldn't be too difficult to at least get a PWM.

Aug 11, 2013

I personally wouldn't. It just looks silly to add high school. Do you not have any extracurricular activities/experiences? clubs, volunteering, part-time campus jobs, etc.??

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Aug 11, 2013

At the end of the day, if you have space to fill you have space to fill and you can't go to 13 pt font (or even 12, lets be serious) with your resume, so leave it on if you've been too busy smoking weed the past 2 years to join any clubs or do anything outside of class and one internship.

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Aug 11, 2013

It is hard to say because we don't see the rest of your resume. That being said, if you have more impressive things to list then the answer is no. Conversely, if you have room left on your resume then it wouldn't be a bad idea to dedicate a line or two to this.

Creating and growing a website that generated 1k a month is pretty impressive at your age; but once again, don't force room for it.

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Aug 11, 2013

No, unless you went to super-elite high school

Aug 11, 2013

What happened to these forums? If they're still around and making money, even if you don't spend time on them anymore, you can put 20XX - present. Otherwise, unless you're applying for a pre-sophomore intern, don't put high school stuff on your resume.

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Aug 11, 2013

I'd say cutoff would be elite SAT scores.

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Aug 11, 2013

Well, if the forums started doing well because of your specific effort, then it is worth putting ( like u marketed or advertised it, etc). Otherwise, if you just did the tech stuff behind it, then maybe dont put it.

Anyways, the above point depends on what kind of job you are looking for. For Finance opportunities, dont think it would add a lot of value. So dont specifically make space for it

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Aug 11, 2013

My personal suggestion would be to leave it all off. They will know how well you did in high school because that is what gets you into a better college. Try to think of your college name as a summation of your high school experience.

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Aug 11, 2013

The only thing I left on resume from high school was that I was an IB diploma recipient.

Aug 11, 2013

SAT I is fairly important. If you leave it off your resume, you'll eventually get asked for it. Most banks recommend sticking it on there, it's similar to putting on your GPA on the resume. Yea, it might be 4 years ago, but the banks still look at it.

Aug 11, 2013

I disagree completely with Skillz2535. Leave that SAT score off. No need to put TOO much information on your CV. Put the most recent information. I personally was not asked once for an SAT score at any of the many banks I interviewed with.

Frankly no one fucking cares. I care about your CV, what it says about your work experience, your GPA, maybe some honours at Uni that you might have received, and the fact that you do some community involvement. Keep that GPA off.

Aug 11, 2013
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I disagree completely with Skillz2535. Leave that SAT score off. No need to put TOO much information on your CV. Put the most recent information. I personally was not asked once for an SAT score at any of the many banks I interviewed with.

Frankly no one fucking cares. I care about your CV, what it says about your work experience, your GPA, maybe some honours at Uni that you might have received, and the fact that you do some community involvement. Keep that GPA off.

I agree with the above posters, keep the SAT if it's strong. Definitely show it if your GPA is below par.

Aug 11, 2013

I would say it depends on what year in school you are in. If you are a junior now, the only thing I would keep is your SAT score if it's good and you are at a non-target school. Maybe also the individual award if it is relevant.

If you are freshman, and need some resume padding, the ECs would probably help.

Aug 11, 2013

The original poster is a senior undergrad.

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Aug 11, 2013

where are all the sarcastic responses at?

Aug 11, 2013

If you're a freshman, yes.

Aug 11, 2013

By the beginning of your junior year you should have absolutely nothing on your resume from high school (exceptions: prestigious national awards, ongoing scholarship(s), attended high school with a large alumni base)

Aug 11, 2013

in my opinion, unless you went to either andover or exeter, there's no value... but you should put your SAT scores.

Aug 11, 2013

I wouldn't put anything high school related, including SAT scores. Be an adult working an adult firm.

Aug 11, 2013

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Aug 11, 2013

If it was an actual internship which you could leverage when interviewing then I'd keep it on there. I think when people say you shouldn't have HIgh School stuff on your resume they mean your summer job as an umpire, or your part time job working at Wendy's.

I have a national ranking that I got when I was 17 on my resume still, but that's because it's very unique and makes me stand out a bit.

Aug 11, 2013

Aug 11, 2013

I'd leave it off unless you have nothing more important to put down

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Aug 11, 2013

If you have space on your resume I would put it in. It won't hurt and sounds like a meaningful experience.

Aug 11, 2013

The SAT should be on your resume at this stage, but as a rising junior, I would say no to the HS sports. The reason why it "depends" is based on whether you have any experience, or college clubs/sports, or any other ECs/volunteer opps to talk about. If your resume is truly empty, then you may be ok with putting a line at the bottom mentioning your involvement, but in general, I would highly recommend that you remove the HS sports from your resume and just include the SAT score with your college education. There is also probably no reason to have your high school listed on your resume (if it is).

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Aug 11, 2013

When I applied for my first job out of college, I had the 2 week point guard camp I went to the summer between 7th and 8th grade on my resume. It was relevant because every day they let the kids take turns being the captain, so I had my day in there.

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Aug 11, 2013
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When I applied for my first job out of college, I had the 2 week point guard camp I went to the summer between 7th and 8th grade on my resume. It was relevant because every day they let the kids take turns being the captain, so I had my day in there.

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Aug 11, 2013

Thanks guys.

I did a sport for a year in college.
They had a novice program for walk-ons.

We were below JV but ended up competing with JV guys at other schools.
Is "Sport, Novice" self-evident? or does that sound like I just did a gym class.

Aug 11, 2013
icarus:

Thanks guys.

I did a sport for a year in college.
They had a novice program for walk-ons.

We were below JV but ended up competing with JV guys at other schools.
Is "Sport, Novice" self-evident? or does that sound like I just did a gym class.

That sounds like something that doesn't belong on your resume

Aug 11, 2013

i would include all relevant experience...but more recent the better.

Aug 11, 2013

I'm just worried that adding my sophomore job as a waiter would undermine the professionalism of my resume... my descriptions would be very fluffy for it if I did include it... arrgh

Aug 11, 2013

why did you stop being premed. I think medicine is so much safer. Sure you can earn more as a rockstar banker, but it's more likely for one to fail reaching for that position.

Aug 11, 2013

Even if it is not the most applicable for your resume, list the waiter job. The benefit of putting your 2003 IT experience will be more than eclipsed by the questions surrounding why there is nothing from then until your current situation.

I was in much the same boat. Started a genetics degree, realized in 3rd year my aversion for blood, finished it then did an after-degree in finance. Got on with an IB.

Recruiters understand that not every college student has top experience. Make sure your resume focuses on this sophmore internship, downplay the waiter gig, and you should be fine.

dazed101, what are you talking about? You don't even answer the question then begin asking why he changed career goals? Can you make less sense? If bankers wanted a paycut, they'd become doctors.

Aug 11, 2013

Put the restaurant stuff on there. I worked for two years through college at a steakhouse to pay for school. I put on my resume that I had been trained in wine, cigars, and crisis management. I was asked a few questions about each of those topics, with more of the bankers asking about cigars than anything else. It's what you've done. Don't hide it. Jobs pay for school/living. Some of us had to have them in order to be where we are now or where we aim to be.

Aug 11, 2013

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