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While resume construction is a subjective art, the following is an explanation of commonly used sections from the top of your resume down to the bottom. Optional sections should be included if they will enhance your ability to deliver your core message. Also, standard sections can be renamed to suit your specific needs and focus your resume. Contact Information Your contact information is the masthead of your resume. It should include your name, phone number, email address, and mailing address. You can also include a personal web URL if it helps in marketing yourself for a position. This heading should also match your cover letter and reference sheet. Objective (Optional) An objective places your resume in specific context and tells your reader how to interpret the content of your resume. Objectives are not required, but if you choose to use one, be specific. For example, a good objective may state: To secure the Project Manager position with Southwest Gas utilizing strong communication, financial management and leadership skills. NOT A job where I can learn and grow and challenge myself. Summary of Qualifications or Career Profile (Optional and usually only used by candidates with several years of professional experience) A summary of qualifications allows you to briefly state your core message (your relevant experience, education, skills and characteristics) at the beginning of your resume. The idea behind the summary is that the information provided in this section gives the reader an overview of detailed information to be found later in the resume. For example: A competent, self-motivated, and results-oriented Master’s level social worker with over 8 years experience in the field of human services. Comprehensive understanding of how to integrate program development and evaluation, public policy, and coalition building to enhance social service delivery in diverse settings. Highly effective team player able to collaborate with clients, and professionals on all levels across many sectors including business, nonprofit, grassroots, and government. Experience directing and motivating staff and volunteers. Expertise includes:  Develop community partnerships  Program planning, development and analysis  Grants development and management  Excellent oral and written communication skills  Proficient in Microsoft Office applications Education  Bilingual speaking and writing in Spanish  Grassroots leadership development  Data analysis and interpretation  Group process and interpersonal skills  Quarterly and year-end reporting

Course projects highlight your ability to research. honors. or OSHA to name a few. not expired. Fingerprint Clearance Card. . First Aid. certificates. regular positions. and amount of education costs self‐funded.Current students and recent graduates usually put the education section at the beginning of their resume. focus on your accomplishments. Jobs are typically listed in reverse chronological order. Highlight the position or company. Experienced candidates usually lead with their experience section. trainings or memberships you hold and are relevant to your goal position such as. Experience Highlights. study abroad. Affiliations/Honors/Community Involvement/Activities (Optional) These are optional sections you may include if you want to highlight certain of your extracurricular activities you feel says something important about you. Possible headings include Professional Experience. GPA. depending on which of the two you wish to emphasize. Experience The experience section may include internships. Your education section can include classes. part‐time jobs. List only colleges and universities where degrees were awarded. Professional History. and present. awards. work on teams. volunteer experience and temporary positions. When describing your experience. activities. CPR. analyze. Teaching. in relation to the type of positions for which you are applying. affiliations. special projects. and Relevant Experience. Trainings/Technical Skills & Certifications/Professional Memberships (Optional) Place current. Ensure that verb tense matches relevant dates and use active language by starting every statement with an actionverb. High school information is rarely kept on a professional resume unless directly relevant to your core message. The format should follow that which is used for the resume in general. Course Projects (Optional) The course project section may be used to feature class work or projects either completed or in progress. rather than providing a job description.

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