Career Development Center

Helpful Résumé Section Headings

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Not everyone will find that the standard résumé section headings fit with their experiences. Below is an expanded, though not exhaustive list of possible section headings to consider that may help you call attention to your unique background and qualifications as they relate to the requirements of a potential job:

Objective

  • Teaching Objective
  • Career Objective
  • Professional Objective

Summary of Qualifications

  • Summary
  • Highlights
  • Profile
  • Related Qualifications
  • Related Skills and Abilities

Education

  • Academic Projects or Academic Training
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Thesis or Dissertation
  • Research
  • Continuing Education
  • Professional Development
  • Licenses & Certification
  • Endorsements

Skills

  • Relevant Skills
  • Special Talents or Special Skills
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Computer/Technical Skills
  • Language Competencies

Experience

  • Work Experience
  • Professional Background
  • Employment History
  • Related Experience
  • Career Achievements
  • Internships or Practicums
  • Student Teaching Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Coaching Experience
  • Supervisory Experience
  • Management Experience
  • Military Service
  • Grant Writing Experience
  • Public Relations Experience
  • Consulting Experience

Honors

  • Scholarships or Fellowships
  • Activities and Distinctions
  • Service or Performance Awards
  • Honors and Awards

Volunteer Work & Involvement

  • Volunteer Activities
  • Volunteer & Community Service
  • Related Activities
  • Community Involvement
  • Professional Activities
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Memberships
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Committee Work
  • Leadership

Workshops/Writing

  • Publications
  • Workshops or Conventions
  • Seminars or Presentations
  • Conference Leadership
  • Conference Participation
  • Exhibitions

Personal

  • Related Interests
  • Related Hobbies
  • Study Abroad
  • Travel Abroad

References

  • Placement File
  • Credentials
  • References
  • Recommendations

Knowledge

  • Areas of Knowledge
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Profile
  • Career Highlights
  • Summary
  • Experience Highlights