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Sections of a Resume

The following are examples of sections that you may want to have on your resume. Use this as a starting point to gather ideas as to what should be included in your resume. Everyone's resume will be different. A career counselor can help you review and customize your resume for a specific opportunity.

Objective

An objective tells the employer what you want to do, either by stating a job title or the type of job you currently seek. You might have more than one version of your resume, with different objectives.

Education

List the college/university name, city, state, your degree, major, concentration, and graduation date by month and year. List your most recent college first. Under the education section, you may include information about:

  • Courses relevant to the type of job you are seeking
  • Class projects (including senior projects, presentations, reports, & research)
  • GPA if over 3.0 (major GPA and/or overall GPA)
  • Academic honors, Dean's List, and scholarships
  • Professional training, overseas study programs, certificates and licenses
  • Computer skills (give specific names of systems and programs)
  • Languages (indicate skill level: conversational, intermediate, advanced, fluent)
  • Percent self-supporting; hours worked per week (ex. Work 20 hours a week while full time student; 50% self supporting)

Experience

List your career-related experience, including full-time or part-time jobs, summer jobs, volunteer experience, cooperative education, and internships. Even course projects could go under this section! You may include experiences unrelated to your career area if you focus your job description on transferable skills, such as customer service, communication, problem solving, project management, teamwork, and leadership skills. You do not need to list every job you have held. The descriptions for your relevant experiences should be longer than those not directly related to the work you are seeking. Highlight your skills and accomplishments.

Identify your accomplishments and successes from past experiences, and the skills that you used in each situation. In your resume, emphasize what your role was, focus on the skills you used, and describe how you benefited the organization or state the results of your work. Highlight what you achieved and the difference you made.

Accomplishments might include situations in which you created or built something, initiated a project, achieved a goal you set, saved time, saved money, demonstrated leadership, solved a problem or created a solution. Use numbers whenever you can!

Use KEY WORD nouns to indicate your skills and experience, such as strategic planning, customer service, quality assurance, reconciliation, diversity training, CPA, BA, MBA, GIS, JIT, TQM, EIT, MS-DOS, SPSS, Java, HTML, web page design, taxation, statistical regression analysis, asset valuation, systems analyst, manager, Japanese fluency, cryogenics, robotics, calculus, biosytems, accountant, promotions, counsel, teach, cellular manufacturing, project management, autocad release 13, research, problem solving, team leader, etc. Use action verbs like advise, analyze, appraise, audit, consolidate, coordinate, decrease, direct, evaluate, facilitate, forecast, implement, initiate, manage, negotiate, persuade, etc. List your job title, the employer's name, city, state, and dates of employment by month and year. Avoid writing in full sentences and leave out pronouns (I, me, my).

Additional Information

You may include a variety of activities and additional types of information on your resume, such as those listed here. This section may be called Professional Activities, Leadership Roles, Extracurricular Activities - Be creative and title it what makes sense for you. Focus on positions you held, your level of involvement, accomplishments, projects, demonstrated leadership roles, committee work, communication skills, organizational skills, and any skills related to your stated career objective.

  • Campus/student organizations
  • Community service
  • Volunteer experience
  • Team and group projects
  • Computer skills
  • Publications
  • Foreign languages
  • Leadership roles
  • Professional membership

Sample Resumes