Sections of a Resume

Regardless of the type of resume you write, there are several sections of information you’ll need to include to market yourself to an employer.

Contact Information

  • Full name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Physical address

If your school address is temporary and you are searching for jobs outside of the area in which you currently live, consider using both a local and permanent address.

Education

  • List all educational experiences in reverse chronological order, including study abroad or summer institutes.
  • Name and location (city, state) of the institution you are attending or have attended.
  • Degree (written out, not abbreviated), major and graduation date (month, year).
  • Study abroad, summer institutes or other educational experiences.

It’s optional to include your grade point average (GPA).

Experience

Include relevant experience, such as jobs or involvement in campus organizations, to highlight your skills and accomplishments.

Be sure to include:

  • Titles you had at jobs or internships.
  • Name and location (city, state) of employers.
  • Dates you were employed.
  • Volunteer experiences, activities or service jobs through which you obtained relevant skills or held a leadership role.

Other tips include:

  • Use concise phrases that describe the position, focusing on skills you developed and results you achieved.
  • Start each phrase with an action verb, such as led or managed.
  • Do not use pronouns, such as I.
  • List responsibilities most relevant to the job you’re applying to first.
  • Use quantitative examples to present your duties or accomplishments, such as “managed a budget of $5,000.”

Other Sections to Consider

  • Skills (computer, technical)
  • Presentations
  • Publications
  • Languages
  • Professional affiliations
  • Professional and educational certifications
  • Honors
  • International experience
  • Extracurricular activities

Resume Mistakes to Avoid

  • “References Available Upon Request”
  • Unorganized and inconsistent material
  • Lack of focus
  • Typos and grammatical errors
  • Information that is too personal
  • Information that stretches or inflates the truth
  • “Laundry list” of every single job (if you have extensive experience)
  • Elaborate design, embellishments or images
  • Too long or too short