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Resume Sections

Section Heading Options

Objectives, Summaries and Goals

  • Career Goal
  • Objective
  • Career Objective
  • Employment Objective
  • Professional Objective
  • Summary
  • Career Summary
  • Professional Summary
  • Summary of Qualifications

Work and Employment

  • Employment History
  • Work History
  • Work Experience
  • Experience
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Background
  • Additional Experience
  • Career Related Experience
  • Related Experience
  • [Industry] Experience – replace [Industry] with the name of yours, such as ‘Accounting Experience’
  • Freelance
  • Freelance Experience
  • Army Experience
  • Military Experience
  • Military Background

Education and Training

  • Academic Background
  • Academic Experience
  • Programs
  • Courses
  • Related Courses
  • Education
  • Educational Background
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Educational Training
  • Education and Training
  • Training
  • Academic Training
  • Professional Training
  • Course Project Experience
  • Related Course Projects
  • Internship Experience
  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • College Activities
  • Certifications
  • Special Training

Extra-curricular

  • Activities and Honors
  • Affiliations
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Associations
  • Professional Associations
  • Memberships
  • Professional Memberships
  • Athletic Involvement
  • Community Involvement
  • Civic Activities
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Professional Activities
  • Volunteer Work
  • Volunteer Experience

Skills, Expertise and Proficiencies

  • Credentials
  • Qualifications
  • Areas of Experience
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Areas of Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Career Related Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Specialized Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Software (as in, ‘software you are familiar with’)
  • Technologies
  • Technical Experience
  • Proficiencies
  • Languages
  • Language Competencies and Skills
  • Programming Languages

Achievements and Accomplishments

  • Licenses
  • Presentations
  • Conference Presentations
  • Conventions
  • Dissertations
  • Exhibits
  • Papers
  • Publications
  • Professional Publications
  • Research
  • Research Grants
  • Research Projects
  • Current Research Interests
  • Thesis / Theses

Awards and Recognition

  • Honors
  • Academic Honors
  • Accolades
  • Endorsements
  • Achievements
  • Accomplishments
  • Awards
  • Distinctions
  • Fellowships
  • Scholarships

Credibility and Proof

  • Portfolio
  • References
  • Testimonials
  • Recommendations
  • Web Portfolio
  • Writing Samples – as in, ‘where to find them’
  • Websites – as in, ‘Created’ or ‘Designed’)
  • Social Media Profiles

Status

  • Availability – as in, ‘when I will be available’ if you’re currently unavailable (e.g. student) but need to apply in advance

 

Bonus

Did you notice that the following weren’t in the list?

  • Hobbies
  • Interests
  • Personal Interests
  • Miscellaneous

That’s because none of these sections should appear on your resume unless the job posting specifies to include this information, but not ‘as filler to make it a whole page.’

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Skill Heading Options

Skill Headings for Use in a Functional Resume: 

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Artistic
  • Bookkeeping
  • Career Development
  • Communication
  • Community Affairs/Relations
  • Data Processing/Collection
  • Design
  • Drafting
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Fund Raising
  • Graphic Design
  • Group Work
  • Human Services
  • Inspection/Instruction
  • Interviewing/Investigation
  • Investment
  • Layout
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Market Research
  • Materials Handling
  • Media Productions
  • Medical Service
  • Office/Clerical
  • Organization
  • Performing
  • Personnel
  • Planning
  • Political/Public Action
  • Presentation
  • Printing
  • Production
  • Product Development
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Program Planning
  • Program Promotion
  • Promotion
  • Publicity
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Purchasing
  • Research
  • Resource Development
  • Retailing
  • Sales
  • Scheduling
  • Social Work
  • Supervision
  • Systems and Procedures
  • Teaching
  • Team
  • Testing
  • Training
  • Volunteer Management
  • Writing and Editing
  • Youth Counseling

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Accomplishment Statements

Getting Started

Start jotting down your accomplishments for your most recent position. Write down any accomplishment, contribution or achievement that comes to mind, even if it seems insignificant. Complete this exercise for each position on your resume. To help jog your memory, here are questions to ask yourself:

  • What did I do that was above and beyond my normal job duties?
  • How did I stand out among other employees?
  • Was I ever recognized by a supervisor for a job well done? When and why?
  • Did I win any awards or accolades?
  • What new processes did I implement to improve things?
  • What problems did I solve?
  • Did I ever consistently meet or exceed goals or quotas?
  • Did I save the company money?
  • What made me really great at my job?

Examples

  • Recruited 25 members for a new student environmental organization.
  • Trained five new employees on restaurant operations procedures.
  • Assisted with twice-monthly payroll activities, ensuring employees were paid accurately and on time.
  • Attended basketball games, interviewed players and coaches, and composed articles for student newspaper by deadline.
  • Produced total meal sales 20 percent higher than those of other servers in the restaurant.
  • Increased membership in ABC student club by 50% through creative advertising.
  • Directed team of 3 classmates to complete marketing project on time.
  • Planned 3 campus-wide luncheons per semester.
  • Increased student involvement in XX by 15% through a creative marketing strategy.
  • Developed filing and record keeping system that resulted in fast and easy access to data.
  • Increased productivity 30% and reject rate from 15% to 1%, over one year, as part of a team effort.

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Action Verbs

 

Communication Skills- General

Addressed

Advertised

Articulated

Authored

Clarified

Collaborated

Communicated

Condensed

Conducted

Conferred

Consulted

Contacted

Conveyed

Debated

Defined

Described           

Developed

Discussed

Documented

Drafted

Edited

Exhibited

Explained

Expressed

Focused

Formulated

Furnished

Guided

Informed

Instilled

Instructed

Interacted

Interpreted

Interviewed

Lectured

Listened

Lobbied

Marketed

Mediated

Outlined

Participated

Presented

Printed

Promoted

Proposed

Publicized

Published

Questioned

Referred

Reinforced

Reported

Responded

Stimulated

Solicited

Specified

Spoke

Suggested

Summarized

Synthesized

Talked

Taught

Trained

Transmitted

Translated

Tutored

Communication Skills- Verbal

Addressed

Advised

Articulated

Clarified

Coached

Confronted

Debated

Discussed

Explained

Expressed

Guided

Instructed

Interpreted

Interviewed

Lectured

Listened

Participated

Presented

Responded

Solicited

Spoke

Suggested

Summarized

Synthesized

Talked

Communication Skills- Written

Advised

Advertised

Authored

Coached

Collaborated

Composed

Contacted

Corresponded

Documented

Drafted

Edited

Marketed

Observed

Outlined

Printed

Publicized

Published

Reported

Specified

Summarized

Synthesized

Transmitted

Translated

Wrote  

 

Initiative & Creative Skills

Acted

Adapted

Began

Built

Combined

Competed

Composed

Conceived

Conceptualized

Condensed

Constructed

Created

Customized

Designed

Developed

Devised

Directed

Discovered

Displayed

Drew

Earned

Effected

Entertained

Established

Fashioned

Formulated

Founded

Illustrated

Improvised

Initiated

Instituted

Introduced

Integrated

Introduced

Invented

Launched

Made

Modeled

Modified

Originated

Performed

Photographed

Planned

Produced

Revised

Revitalized

Shaped

Solved

Started

Visualized

Interpersonal & Team Skills

Adapted

Advocated

Aided

Answered

Arbitrated

Arranged

Assessed

Assisted

Clarified

Coached

Collaborated

Conferred

Consulted

Contributed

Convinced

Cooperated

Counseled

Demonstrated

Diagnosed

Directed

Educated

Elicited

Enabled

Encouraged

Enlisted

Ensured

Expedited

Facilitated

Familiarized

Furthered

Guided

Helped

Interacted

Influenced

Inspired

Involved

Insured

Interacted

Intervened

Joined

Judged

Mediated

Moderated

Motivated

Negotiated

Participated

Persuaded

Prevented

Provided

Reconciled

Recruited

Referred

Rehabilitated

Represented

Resolved

Simplified

Sold

Supplied

Supported

Treated

Volunteered

 

 

 

 

Management & Leadership Skills

Accelerated

Achieved

Administered

Analyzed

Appointed

Approved

Arbitrated

Arranged

Assigned

Attained

Authorized

Chaired

Considered

Consolidated

Contracted

Controlled

Converted

Coordinated

Decided

Delegated

Developed

Directed

Eliminated

Emphasized

Enforced

Enhanced

Established

Evaluated

Executed

Expanded

Generated

Handled

Headed

Hired

Hosted

Implemented

Improved

Incorporated

Increased

Initiated

Innovated

Inspected

Instituted

Judged

Led

Managed

Merged

Motivated

Navigated

Organized

Originated

Overhauled

Oversaw

Planned

Presided

Prioritized

Produced

Provided

Pushed

Recommended

Reorganized

Replaced

Restored

Reviewed

Scheduled

Secured

Selected

Served

Staffed

Streamlined

Strengthened

Succeeded

Supervised

Terminated

 

Organizational Skills

Approved

Arranged

Attained

Catalogued

Categorized

Charted

Checked

Classified

Coded

Collected

Compiled

Consolidated

Coordinated

Corrected

Corresponded

Dispatched

Distributed

Executed

Filed

Generated

Implemented

Incorporated

Inspected

Integrated

Logged

Maintained

Monitored

Obtained

Operated

Ordered

Organized

Prepared

Prioritized

Processed

Proofread

Provided

Purchased

Recorded

Registered

Reorganized

Reserved

Responded

Retrieved

Reviewed

Routed

Scheduled

Screened

Set up

Specified

Structured

Submitted

Supplied

Standardized

Systematized

Tabulated

Tracked

Traded

Updated

Validated

Verified

Analytical & Research Skills

Accomplished

Accounted

Acquired

Adapted

Administered

Adjusted

Allocated

Analyzed

Appraised

Assessed

Audited

Balanced

Budgeted

Calculated

Clarified

Collected

Compared

Compiled

Completed

Conducted

Computed

Conserved         

Corrected

Critiqued

Dealt

Detected

Determined

Developed

Devised

Diagnosed

Estimated

Evaluated

Examined

Expedited

Experimented

Explored

Extracted

Facilitated

Forecasted

Formulated

Found

Gathered

Inspected

Interviewed

Invented

Invested

Investigated

Located

Managed

Marketed

Measured

Observed

Organized

Netted

Planned

Prepared

Programmed    

Projected

Proved

Qualified

Reconciled

Reduced

Researched

Retrieved

Reviewed

Searched

Solved

Summarized      

Surveyed

Systematized

Tackled

Tested 

Traded

Troubleshot

Uncovered

Technical Skills

Adapted

Applied

Assembled

Built

Calculated

Computed

Conserved

Constructed

Converted

Debugged

Designed

Determined

Developed

Engineered

Fabricated

Fortified

Installed

Maintained

Operated

Overhauled

Printed

Programmed

Rectified

Regulated

Remodeled

Repaired

Replaced

Restored

Serviced

Systemized

Solved

Specialized

Standardized

Studied

Upgraded

Utilized

 

 

 

 

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References

  • References should always be prepared separately and should not be listed on the resume.
  • The list should be in the same font and on the same paper as the resume and should include your name and contact information and the names, titles, employers, and work contact information of your references.
  • Select 3-4 possible contacts that have knowledge of your work performance.
  • Previous and current work supervisors, student organization advisors, and professors are good options.
  • If your current employer is a reference and is unaware that you are seeking new employment, include the text “please notify me before contacting this reference” next to their name so that you are able to speak with your employer first. 
  • Always ask for permission to use individuals as a reference before submitting their information to an employer.
  • All references should be given a copy of your resume as well.
  • Once you have secured employment, don’t forget to write a thank you note to your references and inform them of your new position.

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