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Writing Your Resume

Below are section titles typically found in résumé. Customize your résumé by selecting section titles with your background and career focus in mind. The section titles with an asterisk (*) are must haves.

Contact Information*

Your contact information enables a prospective employer to communicate with you. Be sure to list current and accurate information. Your voicemail message and email address must be professional. Include your first and last name, middle initial (make your name stand out by increasing the font size); campus and or permanent address; phone number and email address. Example  


An objective is optional and included when you are applying for a specific internship or job. State the internship or job you are seeking and the skills you would like to use. Describe what you can offer the organization, not what the organization can offer you. Example


The profile section is a summary of your qualifications specific to an internship, job or career field and serves as an “introduction” to your résumé. Write 3–4 bullet point statements or sentences in paragraph form. This section is an opportunity to highlight your transferable skills and qualities relevant to the position. Example


List degrees earned or in progress. You may include associate degrees from community colleges as well. Include high school information only if you are a freshman or sophomore; high school information is generally not included by the time you are a junior in college. Include, listing most recent first, degree(s) earned and major; minor/concentration; date of graduation (month/year); college name, city and state; and GPA, if 3.0 or better. Example


You can strengthen your résumé by listing relevant coursework. Describe knowledge gained, research conducted, presentations made, etc. Example

Study Abroad

Students who have studied abroad are valued by employers. Feature your study abroad experience on your résumé and be sure to describe what you accomplished as well as skills and knowledge gained. State where you studied, the college or university and dates.


The experience section may include paid positions and relevant volunteer, campus activities, research or project work. Be sure to describe the skills and qualities you demonstrated and begin each statement with an action word. You can also organize your experience into two different sections:“Relevant Experience” and “Additional Experience”. Describe all experiences most closely related to the internship, job or career of interest in the “Relevant Experience” section. All other experiences can be listed in the “Additional Experience” section. Use the present tense or past tense as appropriate. Include, listing most recent first, title of position; organization/company name; city and state; month and year when you started and finished. Example  

Skills Summary

Consider this section as an option if your experience is very diverse or unrelated to what you want to do after graduation. The skills section communicates your relevance by drawing attention to the skills that are most important to the prospective employer. To begin, identify your top three transferable skills or qualities related to the position. Then describe how you demonstrated these skills referencing a variety of experiences. Organize experience and work history in a separate section listing only title, organization or company name, city, state and dates, with the most recent first.

Leadership Experience

You may have leadership experience with campus activities, sports or work. List these experiences and communicate the skills and qualities you demonstrated as a president of an association, captain of a team or supervisor at work.


Select activities relevant to the internship, job or career field. You may include sports, volunteer and community service, campus activities and organizations. Describe accomplishments, skills and qualities you demonstrated. Example

Honors and Awards

Feature recent and relevant honors and awards that you could discuss with prospective employers. Consequently, you may not need or want to list all of your honors and awards on your résumé. Briefly describe why you received the honor or award.


This section is of particular interest to education majors. List national or state certifications, the organization and dates received.

Professional Organizations

Most professional organizations have student memberships. You may want to consider researching organizations related to your major. Often there are local chapters. Joining a professional organization offers opportunities for networking with professionals in the field and learning more about your career focus. List your membership and officer titles if applicable, the organization, location and dates.

Professional Development

List any seminars, training or conferences you attended. Be sure to describe what you gained from the experience. List the name of the seminar, organization, location and dates.


This section allows you to list specific related skills such as language, laboratory or computer. Example


References are listed on a separate page and provided only when requested by the employer. Always ask permission to list a person as a reference. Select people who can discuss how your education, experience, skills and qualities are related to the position. Provide each reference with a copy of your résumé and a description of the position so they are better prepared to provide you with the best reference possible. It is optional to end your résumé with the phrase, “References available on request.”

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