The heading section of your résumé provides your name and contact information including your name, address, phone number and email address. It may also include a link to your LinkedIn.com page, professional website, and/or portfolio. Make sure that your voicemail message and email address are both professional.
It is optional to list your address. If you choose to include your address, only include one. If you are seeking a job out of state and have a local address in that state, it may be best to list it instead of your Madison address.
TIP: The heading section of your résumé can be used as the heading on your cover letter and on your list of references.
The objective section contains a brief statement of the position you hope to secure. If you will be submitting a cover letter or application essay(s) with your résumé, it is unlikely that you will need to include an objective statement. Objectives are ideal for career fairs and networking situations. If used, they must be as concise and tailored as possible.
Your career objective should inform the potential employer of:
- The Position that you would like to apply for
- The Industry that you would like to work in and/or
- The Skills which you would have to offer or would like them to focus on
They can also cover functional areas of interest and/or specific job title (sales, research, copy-writing…) or the type of organization you seek (social service agency, financial institution…)
- Position as an academic advisor supporting underrepresented students in STEM programs
- Internship in adapted fitness to gain experience in helping clients achieve their fitness goals
- Obtain High School Physical Education Teacher position to encourage student development and healthy habits. Interest in coaching basketball and volleyball.
- A Spanish teaching position with opportunity to inspire global awareness in students.
- A graphic design position from concept to design focused on product promotion
The education section contains a list of your degrees in reverse chronological order (most recent first to the oldest). For each degree, include the name of the degree and major (e.g. Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology), certificates, the university’s full name, city, and state, graduation date, and GPA.
Do not list the name of your high school and only list transfer institutions if you received a degree from them or are referencing experiences you had while attending them.
If your GPA is 3.0 or above, you probably will want to include it. Make sure you include “/4.0” so the employer will know the scale. You can list just cumulative or cumulative and major if your major GPA is higher.
You may also wish to list relevant coursework, honors and academic awards, and study abroad in this section.
Specific Related, Relevant Experience
This section of your résumé contains a list of positions you have held that support your objective, in reverse chronological order. These positions may include paid employment as well as leadership, organizational, and volunteer experiences that helped you develop skill sets and apply knowledge. For each position, list the title, the name of the organization, the dates that you were employed, and the location of the organization.
For each position, you should also list your specific accomplishments using bullets. When appropriate, quantify things. For example, “Initiated new purchasing process that saves $10,000 per year”, or “Hired, trained, and supervised 10 data input technicians.” Each bullet statement should begin with a strong action verb and should attempt to answer the questions: How did you do X? Why did you do Y? What was the outcome?
To make your résumé really stand out, consider grouping similar experiences under employer-targeted section headings such as: “Teaching Experience”, “Leadership Experience”, “Clinical Experience, “Research Experience,” etc. If you do this, list each experience in reverse chronological order within its section.
The skills section might include language(s), software, research techniques, art techniques, etc. Each of these could be a section by itself if the skill/experience is a major component of qualifying for the job.
Other Special Sections
You might want to highlight professional certifications/licensure or professional and organizational affiliations.