Résumé Organization & Content

A résumé summarizes your education, experience and skills related to your career goals or job objectives. Before you begin constructing your résumé, remember that the organization, style, format and content should reflect on you in the most positive manner.

It is important that your résumé highlight your accomplishments, identify your strengths and abilities, provide an outline for an interview, and be tailored to the position and/or industry you are pursuing.

Résumé Organization: Sections

The following are sections commonly included in résumés. Click on the section name to read specific advice on what information to include and view samples. These are typical headings but not the only ones you can include. Use them as guidelines in developing a first draft of your résumé.

Résumé Tip #1

Be sure that employers can easily identify your academic, work and related experience with clearly visible section headers. Bold print, capital letters and underlining are ways in which to emphasize your sections.

Standard Résumé Components

Optional Résumé Components