What do you include in a resume?
People are always asking me what should they include in a resume. A picture? An objective? A skills section? The kitchen sink? Don’t worry, I got you covered. Remember though, keep everything to 1 page!
While what to include in a resume can slightly differ based on how much experience you have, the following sections below are great for college students and recent graduates.
1. Contact section
- Include your name, mailing address, number, and email
2. Education section
- You want to include your college name, degree, GPA, and any test scores your company asks for such as SAT, GRE, or GMAT
- No high school if you’re a junior or above. You can just about get away with it your sophomore year
3. Work or Relevant Experience
- This is the bulk of your resume
- You want 3 (max 4) experiences with around 3–5 lines explaining what you did at your role
4. Leadership Experience & Activities (mostly for college students)
- This is where you highlight clubs you did, sports you played, and your leadership roles
5. Additional Information & Interests
Here you include the following:
- Computer languages you know such as java, CSS, HTML. Microsoft Office DOES NOT COUNT
- Languages you know besides English and your proficiency level
- Any publications you’re featured in or special awards you want to mention
- Interests that are actually interesting. Check out my article here to help with this section
That’s it! Have these sections and you’ll be way ahead of the pack :)