Includes name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, e-mail address, and LinkedIn profile URL.
Professional Objective • Career Objective
Recommended for all jobs and internships, but typically not included for graduate school or scholarship applications where personal statements are being submitted.
This is generally a brief sentence that clarifies any of your skills, abilities, or experience that would positively contribute to the opportunity for which you are applying. This sets the order of importance for the remaining categories on your résumé.
Educational Background • Academic Background • Academic History
Area where educational institutions, city, state, degree, and anticipated graduation date are listed. GPA may be listed. Educational institutions are listed in reverse chronological order, with highest degree-conferring institution at the top.
May also include: Minor, Concentration, Relevant Courses, Study Abroad, Honors, Dean’s List, GPA, Certifications
Work History • Employment • Additional Work Experience
Document work history that highlights skills to employers. These jobs don’t need to be relevant to the Objective statement. These are typically paid job experiences. This shows employers that you have held jobs and have some understanding of work responsibilities. You don’t need to include every job you’ve held.
Campus Involvement • Leadership – if you have held leadership roles and/or had leadership responsibilities
Strongly recommended if you have been involved in certain activities for several months/years
Any campus and community involvement.
Community Service • Service • Community Engagement
Strongly recommended if you have been involved in community service.
Activities you were involved in that help individuals and/or the community. This work is generally unpaid, but may also be part of a workstudy program.
Relevant Coursework • Professional Courses • Coursework
Strongly recommended if looking for an internship.
Dependent upon length of résumé and field of interest if applying for a full-time job.
Any coursework that is level 200 or higher that is specific to the profession or industry in which you are seeking employment. It is usually recommended to list between four and eight courses.
Relevant Skills • Qualifications • Skills and Certifications • Computer Skills
Strongly recommended that all students include computer skills.
Any specialized knowledge.
If you have other industry related skills, you should include those too (e.g., a biology major with lab skills).
Related Experience • Professional Experience • Practicum • Clinical Experience • Internship Experience • Research Experience
Strongly recommended if you have experience related to your Objective statement.
Can be volunteer work, internships, summer and/or part-time jobs that are directly related to a desired position.
May also include:
- Relevant research
- Senior design projects
Optional, often used as a space filler.
Things you like to do that aren’t structured activities.
Research Experience • Awards • Professional Affiliations • Presentations • Publications • Honors
Strongly recommended if you have experience and/or affiliations with any category listed above (or any others that apply).
These categories may be added if relevant to you. Some people add these items to categories previously listed. Determining if a separate category is necessary depends on how significant and/or unique the experience is for you and how relevant it is to the Objective.
Not typically listed on résumé. Have a separate page that lists your references.
List people who will serve as a positive reference for you.