The resume consists of various sections/paragraphs in which you can highlight your background and skills.
As written earlier in the resume format section, the order of these sections is related to the job you are applying for, your professional experience, the industry you belong to and the professional assets you would want to draw attention to.
That being said, you can change the order of these resume sections based on your job target, putting the most important and impressive information first. Of course, you may even decide not to use some of these sections.
Headers for the Resume Sections
Again, there is no particular order you have to use. You must select or invent headings that show you in the best possible light and are relevant to the job for which you are applying – one usually puts the most recent or impressive information first.
Here are sample of resume headers:
- Headings about Your Personal Information
Name, Address, Phone No.,Mobile, Fax, E-mail
Personal, Personal Data/Details, Summary, History, Profile
- Headings Summarizing What You Have Done
Career Overview/Summary, Career Highlights/Achievements
- Headings about Your Career Plans
Objective, Career Objective/Ambition, Five-year plan
- Headings about the Jobs You Have Held
Professional, General, Voluntary:
Experience, Employment, Employment History/Experience/Record/Background, Work History/Experience/Record/Background, Professional Employment/Background, Career History/Record/Background, Community Involvement, Community Service, Voluntary work, Positions Held, Appointments
- Headings about Your Special Achievements
Special achievements can include: Professional, Personal, Sporting, and Key educational accomplishments:
Achievements, Accomplishments, State Representation, Scholarships, Awards, Publications, Portfolio, Conference Papers Delivered, Articles Published, Honors, Prizes
- Headings about What You Can Do
Areas of expertise could include technical: computer, keyboard, testing, languages or; generic skills:
Communication, interpersonal, judgment (British spell.), problem solving. Include information about your level of expertise &/or length of experience.
Knowledge, Skills, Technical Skills, Skill Summary, Areas of Expertise, Main Capabilities, Competencies, Relevant skills, Career Skills Summary, Professional Skills and Achievements, Summary of Qualifications, Strengths, Key Knowledge Area, Key Competencies, Demonstrated Abilities, Personal Attributes
- Headings about Your Education
Formal, Tertiary, TAFE, Secondary School:
Qualifications, Formal Qualifications, Education, Relevant Education and Training, Educational Qualifications/Achievements/History/Experience/Record/Background, Academic, Qualifications/Achievements/History/Experience/Record/Background, Professional Qualifications/Development/Training, Additional Training, Training Courses Attended, Short Courses, Job Related Courses, Conferences Attended, Licenses, Certifications, Accreditation, Examinations
- Headings about the Groups You Have Joined
Professional, Social, Recreational:
Memberships, Professional Affiliation/Memberships, Positions of Responsibility Held
- Headings about What You Do In Your Spare Time
Hobbies/Interests/Activities/Leisure, Community Involvement, Community Activities
- Headings about Others Who Will Speak Positively On Your Behalf
It is not always appropriate to include these in your resume:
References, Additional References