Your name, address, phone numbers (including area code), and e-mail address
Highlights (or summary) of qualifications
This section is used to market your most important and relevant qualifications. It should immediately follow your name and address section. Often, the highlights section includes a statement about your strengths as related to your work experience that makes you a suitable candidate for a particular job. It sometimes helps to imagine how someone who knows you might describe your strengths.
Highlights may include:
- the number of years of relevant experience
- any specialized training or formal credentials
- a significant accomplishment or successful endeavour
- a statement about your level of commitment, work attitude or values
In a chronological resume, list your work experience in the reverse chronological order of years worked in each of your jobs. (Do not include months unless you have been in a position for under a year.) Your job title and division/employer should be clearly recorded (in bold). Address your experience as it relates to the key qualifications for the position you are applying to. Use four or five one-liners to describe your significant accomplishments. Whenever possible try to quantify your achievements stressing successful results.
List only your degree or diploma (or highest grade achieved) and the educational institution. Put your highest education level or most recently attained degree/diploma first. If you have had post-secondary education, do not include high school information. Academic awards and/or scholarships can be mentioned, but do not list specific courses unless they are directly related to the position. It is recommended that this section usually goes at the end of your resume, unless you have had very little work experience, in which case it can be placed immediately following your personal data, before the work experience section.
Other additional resume sections
Include additional resume sections only if they are relevant to the position for which you are applying. Additional sections may include:
- languages (list verbal and written skills)
- publications (list published work)
- professional affiliations memberships
- volunteer experience/community involvement (may also include if you have minimal paid work experience)