Sections of a Resume

Resumes have defined areas of content. The content below provides overviews as well as two different examples for each section of a resume.

1. Contact Information

This should be included at the top of your resume. We recommend using the same contact information set up on all your professional documents (resume, cover letter, reference sheet). This section can hold your phone number, email, LinkedIn, and any other profile/contact information you find important.

Example 1

example contact information

Example 2

example contact information

2. Education

As a student, the education section is the most marketable and should be located right under your contact information. Be sure to include the name of the institution, the degree (e.g. Master, Bachelor, Ph.D.), GPA (above 3.0), minors, and date of graduation. You may also include bullet points with honors and/or impactful experiences such as scholarships, awards, study-abroad programs, and relevant co-curricular experiences like clubs or competitions.

Example 1 - Education

education section example

Example 2 - Education

education section example

3. Projects

As a student, you have participated in various class projects. In this section you should highlight individual projects you have participated in as well as your contributions to group projects. Projects can include (but are not limited to) Huntsman Go Global trips, competitions, noteable class assignments, and personal projects. 

Example 1 - Projects

project section example

Example 2 - Graduate Projects

projects section example

4. Experience

Prospective employers want to know your work and volunteer experience. Include relevant work experience and customize your accomplishment statements to the job description.

  • You can create a separate volunteer or service section as well. These experiences include:
    • Off and on-campus organizations
    • Community and volunteer work
    • Leadership roles
    • LDS Mission
  • Position/title, company name, start date-end date
  • Describe your accomplishment and the impact it made in the company/organization
  • Describe your relevant experience by using strong action verbs at the beginning of each accomplishment statement to make them more dynamic
  • Be specific about the accomplishments. Think of a project you completed or problem you solved during a job or volunteer experience.
  • Quantify statements, if possible
  • Avoid using personal pronouns (I, my, me) or articles (a, an, the, to)
    • Use the following "APR" formula to structure your accomplishment statements:
      Action Verb + Project + Result = Accomplishment

Example 1 - Experience

Experience section example

Example 2 - Experience

experience section example

Example 3 - Volunteer Experience

activities section example

Example 4 - Leadership/Team Experience

activities section example

Example 5 - Articulating an LDS Mission

LDS mission sample titles
LDS mission sample service bullets
LDS mission examples

5. Technical Skills

List relevant skills to the position (technical skills, certifications, foreign languages, software competency, programming languages, etc.)

Example 1 - Technical Skills

skills section example

Example 2 - Technical Skills

skills section example

6. Interests

The interests section is optional; but mostly used by Finance, Economics, and Accounting majors. Use your best judgement with this section, if you feel that your interests would benefit your resume for the particular job you are applying for, then include it. This can be used to highlight unique experiences and skills. However, if you already have enough work experience, this section may not be beneficial.

Example 1 - Interests

interests section example

Example 2 - Interests

interests section example