Sep 28, 2018 - 05:01 PM
When wondering what sections one should include in their resume, remember that nearly every resume should incorporate five fundamental sections:
1. Contact info / header
2. Career summary / summary statement
3. Key skills
4. Accomplishments / work experience
5. Education, certificates, licenses, credentials
Your contact information is the most important information on your resume. Nothing happens if the employer cannot reach you. It should include a valid mailing address, professional-sounding email address, active telephone number, and LinkedIn URL.
Your career summary / summary statement is a short statement reflecting your professional brand. Often it includes a professional title, relevant career achievements, major professional accomplishments, and anticipated next career steps.
The next section, key skills, should map closely to the job description, and be keyword-optimized. ATSs and even humans often put a lot of weight on this section during the initial screening.
The following section, accomplishments / work experience, details the material presented in the previous two sections. Jobseekers often find it effective to present their accomplishments / work experience by (1) describing the challenges they encountered, (2) the actions they took to address those challenges, and (3) the business outcome of successfully meeting those challenges.
The final section lists educational degrees, certificates, licenses, and credentials. Supplying dates is usually optional for degrees.
Aug 23, 2018 - 06:35 PM
Know that you can add different sections to your resume if the employer asks for something specific in the job posting. For example, you may come across a job posting that requests that you include a hobbies and interests section. Or, you may decide to substitute your education section with a certifications or industry awards section.
As you add in different sections to your resume, you can order them by way of importance. For instance, instead of putting your work experience section above your education section, you may want to list your education section first if you are a recent graduate and lack substantial experience in your industry. Or, you may want to put your skills section below your work experience section depending on the requirements of the job.