Resume sections should be tailored to the position for which you are applying. Many sections are flexible and can be combined to tell your unique story.

Contact Information (Required)

  • Name – slightly larger font than the rest of your document
  • Your address (you can use your permanent address, campus address or both)
  • Email address and cell phone number (do not list your home phone number)


Objective (Optional)

  • An objective is not needed on a “general” resume or for many industries
  • If you choose to use an “objective” it should be specific to the industry and position – a vague objective can do more harm than good


Education (Required)

  • Should be at the top of your resume
  • College, United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck ND
  • Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science) and month/year of graduation
  • Major(s), and GPA

Honors (Optional

  • Relevant accomplishments, achievements, scholarships, or awards that you earned for exceeding average standards in either academics, athletics, or in a work environment

Relevant Coures (Optional)

  • Include courses related to your career goals, objective, and/or skill set in this section – this should NOT be a list of all of the classes you have taken in college
  • Relevant coursework can be incorporated into “Education” if you have advanced/specialized coursework related to the industry/position.

Experience (Required)

  • List most recent jobs/experiences first
  • Utilize strong action verbs and quantify results when possible
  • Describe the scope and context of a situation and demonstrate the actions you took and the impact these had on both the organization (what value did you add?) and yourself (what skills did you develop?)
  • Describe what you learned and the skills you developed, not just the tasks/jobs you performed
  • Do not limit “Experience” to jobs or employment, you may also include clubs or project work

Leadership, Activities, and Service (Optional)

  • Your resume may contain one or all of these sections and some can be combined, such as Activities and Service
  • It is important to list quality over quantity in this section
  • Name the organization, your role/position title, date, and possibly a bullet describing the skills or responsibilities you gained during the experience

Skills (Required)

  • This section typically includes computer, language, science/laboratory, and production skills when applicable
  • Do not list soft skills in this section – instead incorporate those skills into your experiences to demonstrate how they were developed

Interests (Optional)

  • Certain industries may also like to see an “Interests” section that includes hobbies and areas of interests that could be discussed in an interview
  • Interest sections can be combined with another section such as “Skills” or “Activities”
  • Be honest and specific when listing interests – you may be asked about it in an interview!

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