Resume Development–Optional Sections

Resume Development–Optional Sections

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Optional sections. Sections of a resume. There are various sections that can be included
on a resume. Some sections might not apply to apply students. Some of the possible sections include: contact
information, summary of qualifications or objective statement, education, relevant coursework,
work experience, additional experience, volunteer experience, teaching experience, honors and
awards, achievements and accomplishments, technical skills, certifications/licensures,
social, academic, and professional memberships, professional development, presentations, research
experience, and projects. Skills. The skills section is an optional section
but it is important when wanting to highlight lab skills, foreign language skills, computer
skills or other relevant skills. List the skills in the order of importance. Avoid using soft skills on a resume as it
is difficult to provide context on a resume. Examples of soft skills include communication
skills, organizational skills, and problem-solving skills to name a few. These skills can be included on a cover letter
as long as context is provided. Without context on a resume, these skills
hold little value as any individual can copy and paste the section onto their own resume. When including technical skills or foreign
language skills, include the level of fluency or knowledge associated with the skill. Certifications, honors, and awards. When
creating a certifications or licenses section, include the name of the certification or license,
where it was received from, e.g. company, and when it was received. In addition, the same can be said for honors
and awards. An honor or award might include an academic
award or scholarship, a membership in a campus, national, or international organization, a
leadership position held in a campus, national, or international organization, university
and community service positions, dean’s list, president’s list, or honors day recognition. The format for this would consist of the name
of the honor or award, where it was received, Such as school or organization, and when it was
received. Memberships, achievements, and professional development. Memberships are important to add to a resume,
specifically social, academic and professional memberships, because it shows the employer
that you are able to balance not only work and academic experience, but also extracurricular
experiences as well. When including memberships on a resume, include
the title held, e.g. president, treasurer, or secretary. First, include the title, the name of the
school or company the organization was associated with, and then finally the time frame of the
membership, e.g. month and year to month and year. Achievements and accomplishments are very
similar to the formatting of honors and awards. Include the name of the achievement, where
it was received from, e.g. company or school, and when it was received. These can include scholarships, service, athletic
or other non-academic awards. Professional development is important to add
to a resume because it shows that an individual has dynamic experience and training. These might include workshops, seminars, and
conferences. When formatting, include the name of the workshop,
seminar, or conference, where it was held, and most importantly when it was held, such as
month and year.

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