We sat down with Sonja Montiel who is a College Admission Consultant at College Confidence, to talk about creating an online resume. Learn her best college prep tips for students.
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Creating an online resume for college prep key takeaways
- Place online links directly on your college application including the activity lists, essays, and optional fields
- Use social media to tell your college admissions story
- Remember that a reviewer does not have time to see 3 videos of you doing the same activity
The overall goal of having an online resume is to showcase your engagement and characteristics through real life experiences. Instead of boring words on an application, your online resume can reveal video and photos of how you have made impacts in your life as well as others. The challenge is enticing the reviewer to take extra time to click and review your online resume as you intended.
Utilize links on your resume
Focus on one online platform
Keep videos short
Use photos and videos to tell a story
Write descriptions for every video and photo you post
Showcase a range of interests
Place online links directly on your college application including the activity lists, essays, and optional fields. Do not repeat links in multiple areas of your application. Be thoughtful on where you decide to share your links.
Keep it simple by using one universal online platform that hosts all of your positive online activity such as ZeeMee, Weebly or Wix. The college reader has limited time to review your online information. If you overload the reader with too many links, you might lose your chance for a review. On this universal platform, you post all of your other social media links on your homepage.
All videos and photo slide shows must be less than 2 minutes. Less is better but it must be with quality. Select videos and photos that have the best representation of you.
Media should capture you in action. Avoid posed shots as these do not share a narrative, nor does it make the posts as authentic. You are distinguishing yourself from other applicants. Anyone can pose a smile.
For each media file posted, make sure to include a one-sentence description of so the reviewer knows the context. Include the date, location, organization, and your specific role.
Show diversity in engagement and interests. Each media file should represent a different side of you. A reviewer does not have time to see 3 videos of you doing the same activity.
It’s important that students know that online information is optional and reviewed as a supplement to their college application. Since it’s possible that your online resume might not be reviewed, please don’t ignore spending time carefully crafting the list of activities that are required on most applications.