Name/Contact Info

  • Your name should be in bold and in a larger font size than the rest of the document as it should be the first thing that stands out on the resume.
  • Include only 1 address – usually, this is your home address (employers will see you are a current student when they look at your Education section). However, it is becoming acceptable not to list an address at all – talk with a career advisor to determine if this is the right choice for your situation.
  • Include your cell phone number and primary email address, but do not label them as such (Ex., Cell: 555-555-1234). Employers know what they are, and you don’t need to waste space with the label.
  • Do not include multiple phone numbers or email addresses. Select only your respective primary contact phone and email.
    • PRO TIP: Now’s the time to change your voicemail message – make it professional and identify yourself – and potentially set up a separate email account for job search purposes.
  • Include the personalized link to your “claimed” LinkedIn profile URL, if applicable.

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  • Objectives are generally considered outdated and not useful.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.


  • Include name of college, city & state, graduation date, full degree name (including double majors), any additional minors, and GPA (see more information below).
  • Consider removing high school information by the end of your second year at Gettysburg.
    • Prestige of high school does not mean anything to an employer unless you are trying to get a job at that high school or you know the recruiter is an alumna/us of that high school. Even so, this is a conversation topic, NOT a resume point.
  • In listing your GPA, a very generalized suggestion is to include it if it is a 3.0 or higher.
  • Honors and awards, like deans list or prestigious scholarships, can be included as a subsection of your institution. See the Honors and Awards Section for additional information on other awards.


  • 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”).

Work Experience

  • Include your position title, company/organization, city & state, and dates you were in this position. You do not need to include a full street address or supervisor name(s). See sample resumes for formatting suggestions.
  • List the experiences in reverse chronological order (i.e., most recent experience first).
  • You should include accomplishment and skill statements that highlight your abilities. Try to quantify wherever possible. More on Accomplishment Statements and deliverables.
  • The majority of your experience early on will be general, however, as you gain more specific experiences or if you have extracurricular experience related to the job you are applying for, you can create a relevant experience section (see relevant experience section).

Relevant Work Experience

  • This is the section to list experiences that are directly related to the position and industry/field of interest.
  • Typically this goes above “Work Experience” and doesn’t need to be included if you don’t have relevant experience or if you’d rather just keep all of your work experience in one section.
  • You can include extra curricular or volunteer experience in this section alongside work experience.
  • There are some experiences that may not seem obviously related to the position, but actually are because of the skills, talents, abilities, etc. that you utilized. See a career advisor in order to talk through and determine how to best highlight your experiences.

Co-curricular Activities

  • This section highlights co-curricular opportunities which serve as environments and opportunities for additional skill development and learning that complements your academic work.
  • Format these experiences like your work section. You can add accomplishment statements that are important or relevant.
  • Some examples of section headers to list and/or describe these cocurricular experiences might include:
  • Leadership Experience
  • Athletic Experience
  • Clubs
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Community Service
  • Organizations

Honors and Awards

  • This can be a section on its own depending how many honors/awards you have to list. Some students opt to include this information in their Education section. The choice is yours, depending on what you want to highlight and where it fits best on the document.
  • If you have made the Dean’s List each semester, do not list each individual semester – simply write Dean’s List (all semesters). If you’ve missed some semesters, you can indicate the number of times you have made the list – e.g., Dean’s List (5 semesters).