Study Abroad

Study abroad can be listed as its own section, but is most commonly included under the education section. You should include your Institution name, programmatic details, and location. Make sure to include and briefly describe any significant special research projects.

Objective Statement

  • Objectives are generally considered outdated and not useful. However, a couple of industries (such as accounting) like to see them included, or it may make sense to use one if you are making a career or industry change.
  • If you include one, objective statements must be written very specifically so that you are focusing on the needs of the employer and the position, making the crafting of the objective a bit tricky. See a career advisor to help you determine if an objective is appropriate for your situation.

Professional Summary

  • Think of this section as a branding statement that highlights the skills you will “bring to the table” in order to meet the needs of the employer and fulfill the position description.
  • It should include specific keywords that are critical to the employer and the position. Carefully read the job description and the qualifications/requirements to identify the skills, talents, strengths, and abilities that are being sought after in a candidate.
  • This section should be relatively brief, but make it specific to you and the position.
  • There are various ways to format this section – see a career advisor who can help you to create this section.

Coursework/Classes

  • This section can be used to outline experience you’ve had in a course but not necessarily in a work environment. Make sure to only include coursework that’s truly relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • This information is most often included as a sub section of the educational institution where you took the courses or can be included as its own section following your education section.
  • If/When you list courses, do not abbreviate or list course numbers (e.g., “American Lit 404” should be “American Literature Seminar”).

Language Skills

  • Language skills are often highly-sought after by employers. However, this section is to highlight more advanced levels of language fluency (written and oral). If you only have basic skills, consider whether it is important enough to mention.
  • See the U.S. Department of State’s website for the formal labels and definitions of language proficiency: https://careers.state.gov/gateway/lang_prof_def.html
  • If language is a job requirement, be sure to highlight this higher up on your resume (i.e., in the Summary/Profile section possibly).

Publications, Research, & Presentations

  • For those students who intend to pursue advanced academic study or research positions, you may need to include a research, presentations, and publications information. See CV section for more details.
  • We suggest only including publications which appear in peer reviewed journals or recognized media.
  • Oftentimes, research experience (with a faculty member, for example), will be included in a work or relevant experience section.

Computer Skills

  • For this section, highlight the software, programs, and/or skills that are related to the position/industry/field – Excel should be highlighted, particularly if you are looking to go into a business field.
  • Most employers expect college graduates to know how to use Microsoft Office (Word & PowerPoint, specifically).
  • You may want to designate your level of proficiency with certain programs as you may be asked “how-to” questions in an interview (e.g., “Tell me how you would set up a pivot table in Excel”).
  • Social media can be listed only if you have more skills beyond the common user experience (e.g., content marketing, content creation, analytics, etc.).
  • If you are in Computer Science, you will need to highlight all of your hardware, software, and languages experiences in a comprehensive section near the top of the resume. See a career advisor for help on how to address and format your unique experiences.

Other Possible Sections

Certain industries and fields have expectations of specific skills that they want to see highlighted on your resume. We encourage you to speak with multiple people who are working in your field of choice to learn more about these expectations. Also, see a career advisor for assistance in building your resume. Some of these instances are listed below:

Science/Pre-Health –

  • Laboratory/Equipment Skills
  • Research Experience
  • Shadowing/Externship/Internship Hours

Computer Science/Engineering –

  • Languages
  • Hardware
  • Software

Music –

  • Principle Instrument or Voice Teaching Experience
    Performances
  • Recordings & Broadcasts
  • Competitions
  • Compositions
  • Tours

Theatre & Acting –

Resumes are set up very differently in this field. See a career
advisor for more information.