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6 Sections Every Resume Should Include

By Cami Mathews on January 18, 2019 in

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interdisciplinary-studies-teacher-student-computer-398195-editedThe resume is an essential part of the application process. Each one can be unique to the person, but the basic sections should stay the same. From Southern Utah University’s Career Center, here are six sections that every resume should include.


  • Make sure the name on the resume stands out by bolding and making it larger.

  • Include information such as phone number, address, email, or LinkedIn profile. It is important to note that the resume heading does not have to include all of that information.

  • If an email is included, make it professional sounding and not the funny one made in junior high.

Qualification Summary

  • Utilize four to six bullet points to highlight how one is a good fit for the job.

  • Make it a professional summary of qualifications.

  • Use action verbs such as “led” or “managed” instead of “responsible for.”

  • Small changes like this help the applicant stand out and sound stronger and more decisive than others.


  • Include the degree before the school.

  • Note the graduation date afterward, even if it is in the future.

  • Optional items include GPA, related courses, and academic achievements.


  • List experiences in reverse chronological order. Include job title, company name, dates of employment, and location.

  • Make sure to describe accomplishments and relevant skills.

  • Use action verbs and include any applicable statistics or quantitative information.

Optional Sections

  • Relevant skills is an optional section that lists skills that would be an asset in the field. This section should also include expertise in specific skills if appropriate.

  • Another optional section is leadership or volunteer experience. List skills gained that would be an asset in the field. Focus on the latest roles, not the years spent as JV volleyball captain in high school.

General Guidelines

  • Use the same margins on all four sides; 1” x 1” is recommended.

  • A resume is usually not longer than one page for students and recent graduates.

  • Use one legible Serif font throughout, such as Times New Roman or Century.

  • Make sure the important information stands out and bring the resume to the Career Center for review.

For more information on resumes, including examples, visit the Career Center webpage.


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