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Resume Writing

The resume is typically organized into sections arranged from most important to least important. The following is a description of the parts of a resume.

Identifying Information

This should include your name, present and permanent addresses, telephone numbers including area codes, and you may want to include an e-mail address. (Make sure that the e-mail address is professional looking and does not include slang or other inappropriate items as part of the e-mail address).

Professional Objective

Prepare a brief, clearly defined statement indicating the field or position in which you are interested. Your career objective represents the theme of your resume, with the remaining information supporting your goal. If you are interested in more than one career field or position, you may need to have different resumes for each professional objective.


For each post-secondary degree list most recent first.

  • List college or university followed by your degree, major and graduation date
  • List grade point average of a 3.0/4.0 scale or better. If your GPA is less than a 3.0, you may want to identify only your major GPA.
  • If you have worked during college, consider including the percentage of the college expenses you earned
  • If you do not include the following skills section, include your computer skills in this section

Qualification or Skills

You may want to include a section that briefly summarizes any skills or qualifications you have gained from work experience and/or extracurricular activities that relate to your professional objective.


In a consistent manner, list your work experiences in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Experiences may include full-time or part-time employment as well as summer jobs, volunteer work and internships. Follow this guideline:

Give the names and locations of organizations for whom you have worked. List position, title, and dates you were employed.

Honors and Activities

  • Honors-List any honors that indicate your strong academic abilities, i.e., honorary societies, scholarships, awards and dean's list. Also include any honors related to character and/or community service.
  • Activities-Employers look for well-rounded individuals who involve themselves with extracurricular activities. Include both college and community activities. List offices, committees, and responsibilities. < /li>


If you do not have space on your resume for references, it is a good idea to state "References are available upon request" at the bottom of your resume. Create a listing of your references with work addresses and phone numbers on a second page. Always make sure that you have permission from individuals before listing them as references.