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Guidelines for Resume Sections and Content

Selecting appropriate sections for your resume is important for making sure that your experience and skills are communicated properly. Below are some suggested sections, ideas for additional ares to consider, and links to more resources. 

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Header/Identification

  • This should include your full name (larger than everything else), local address, phone number, e-mail address, and your online portfolio URL, if you have one.
  • Add your LinkedIn URL or your social media handles, but only if they are relevant to your career field and portray you in a professional manner.

Education

  • List the name of your school, the location (city, state), the degree you will be receiving (spell it out), your major and your minor, if you have one. Include your month and year of graduation.
  • GPAs are optional. You may put your cumulative GPA alone or both your cumulative and major GPA.
  • List any scholarships or other academic awards you have received. Don’t forget Dean’s List and President’s List citations including number of semesters received.
  • List study abroad experiences, including location, university name (if applicable) and dates. You may also include a brief description of the course (its academic focus and the countries you visited). 
  • Include any other colleges you have attended, the dates of attendance, and any degrees and honors awarded.

Employment and Internship Experiences

  • Experiences should be listed as: employer, location (city, state), dates of employment, job title and two or three bullets detailing your performance and achievements. 
  • Bullets should not read like a job description; you are describing your performance and accomplishments within the job, not the job itself.
  • Use statistics, percentages, and other numbers to quantity your contributions as frequently as possible.

Activities

  • Include the name of the organization, the location, and any positions you held. 
  • It is okay to simply list organizations of which you are a member with no additional information.
  • Include service groups, club sports, Greek organizations, campus organizations, and any other involvement.
  • If you had a role that reflects leadership, project planning, fundraising, or other significant contributions, then write a few bullets for each activity.

Skills

  • Technology skills (computer software/programs, operating systems, experience with web design, etc.)
  • Language skills—identify your level of expertise: beginning, intermediate, conversational, advanced. Do not exaggerate your abilities, as you may be called upon to demonstrate.
  • Any special skills related to your major/career

Additional Subject Headings to Consider

Some career fields commonly use additional or alternate subject headings. Check out our sample resumes and your department’s website for specific examples and more information.

  • Academic Projects
  • Academic Research
  • Athletic Experience
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Campus Involvement
  • Community Activities
  • Employment History
  • Honors and Awards
  • Internship Experience
  • Languages
  • Leadership Experience
  • Memberships
  • Objective Statement
  • Presentations
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Professional Development
  • Publications
  • Related Experience
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Study Abroad Experiences
  • Summary of Qualifications
  • Summary Statement
  • Teaching Experience
  • Volunteer Activities