Resume Components



Resume Components :




Component : Identifying Data


Basics : Put name, street address, email address and phone or message number at the top of the page (include area codes and zip codes). You can also include personal web page if relevant.


Comments : Voicemail message, email address, and website content should be appropriate for a potential employer. Don’t answer the phone during a job search unless you are in an appropriate nvironment.




Component : Education


Basics : Name of school, major, degree received, graduation date, projected graduation date, or dates of attendance if degree was not completed.


Comments : Include any course titles relevant to the targeted position. Honors and grade-point average are optional; include if among your strong points. If you attended more than one school, list the most recent first. You don’t have to list all the schools you have attended nor high school. Additional education and training may either go here or under a separate heading.




Component : Experience / Work History


Basics : Paid and unpaid work qualify as experience. Emphasize tasks, skills, abilities and accomplishments related to the targeted position. Give the job title, employing organization, and dates of employment.


Comments : Present achievements, contributions, and results (e.g., streamlined a procedure or made a cost-saving suggestion).



Optional components—use if appropriate for your background and the employers you’re targeting



Component : Job Objective


Basics : A one-line description of the type of position you want.


Comments : Follows your name, address and phone number at the top of your resume. Should be specific rather than a general statement of your interests.




Component : Skills & Abilities or Summary of Qualifications


Basics : Foreign languages, computer skills, office skills, lab techniques or transferable skills not mentioned elsewhere in the resume.


Comments : Skills and abilities can be combined under one heading or listed separately. Make sure your list includes concrete examples of your abilities.




Component : Languages


Basics : Mention if you are proficient or fluent in a foreign language.


Comments : If you understand a language but are not fluent, still mention it. For example: fluent in Russian, conversational Spanish, or basic French.




Component : Activities & Interests


Basics : In order of importance or reverse chronological order, list student activities / organizations, professional associations, and committees in which you have participated. List any offices that you held with the skills you used.


Comments : Include activities and interests that show leadership or initiative or that pertain to your career focus.




Component : Community Involvement / Volunteer Activities


Basics : List offices held, organizations, projects, and accomplishments.


Comments : If the setting is political or religious, you may want to use generic descriptions (e.g., Youth Leader for church, Speech Writer for City Council candidate). If substantial, these may be listed under “Experience.”




Component : Honors


Basics : Recent graduates and continuing students can include academic honors such as Dean’s List, honor societies, and scholarships.


Comments : Can be listed separately or under Education.




Component : Research & Publications


Basics : Briefly describe relevant research projects. List published articles, papers or books.


Comments :




Component : Class Projects


Basics : List relevant projects completed in college classes. List any research, lab skills, or software / programming languages used.


Comments : This shows that you have hands-on experience and is a good strategy for younger students with limited experience.




Component : Travel


Basics : Include if your career interest involves travel or knowledge of other cultures.


Comments : You can use this as a way of distinguishing yourself if you have significant travel experience.




Component : References/Portfolio


Basics : It is not necessary to end your resume with the phrase, “References Available on Request,” but this is the best place to state that you have “Portfolio and/or writing samples available on request.”


Comments : Create a separate page for references. List names, titles and contact information. Always ask permission before using anyone’s name as a reference. Include people who know about your work-related abilities, such as former employers, volunteer project supervisors, and faculty. Do not use relatives or friends.




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