Why is it a bad idea to put high school accomplishments on a resume?
When it comes to resumes, one of the most important things to consider is what should and shouldn’t be included. For example, many people think that since they graduated high school, it would be beneficial to include their high school accomplishments on their resume. However, this is actually a bad idea for a few reasons. First, employers usually aren’t interested in what you accomplished in high school. They are looking for more recent and relevant experiences that will be beneficial to their organization. Even if your accomplishments in high school were impressive, they are not likely to be relevant to the job you are applying for. Second, including high school accomplishments on your resume can take up valuable space that could be used for more relevant experiences. Most employers are only interested in the last 10–15 years of experience, so having high school accomplishments on your resume can actually prevent you from showcasing more recent and relevant experiences. Third, it can make your resume look cluttered and unprofessional. If an employer sees too much information on your resume, they may not take the time to read it thoroughly. This can lead to them missing out on important experiences or qualifications you may have, and it can hurt your chances of getting the job. Finally, including high school accomplishments on your resume can make it look like you don’t have enough relevant experience for the job. Employers are looking for candidates who have experience in the field they are applying for, so having too much information about your high school accomplishments can make it look like you don’t have enough relevant experience. In conclusion, it is usually a bad idea to include high school accomplishments on your resume. Employers are usually not interested in what you accomplished in high school, and it can take up valuable space that could be used for more relevant experiences. It can also make your resume look cluttered and unprofessional, and it can make it look like you don’t have enough relevant experience for the job. For these reasons, it is usually best to leave high school accomplishments off of your resume.
For another perspective, we asked Judge Josh at Outlaw Student the same question — here’s what he said: https://www.outlawstudent.com/2009/03/high-school-stuff/