The list is divided into sections, just like your resume, to group the related headers together for easy reference.

111 Smart Resume Section Headings and Titles
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Objectives, Summaries and Goals

Career Goal
Objective
Career Objective
Employment Objective
Professional Objective
Summary
Career Summary
Professional Summary
Summary of Qualifications

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Work and Employment

Employment History
Work History
Work Experience
Experience
Professional Experience
Professional Background
Additional Experience
Career Related Experience
Related Experience
[Industry] Experience – replace [Industry] with the name of yours, such as ‘Accounting Experience’
Freelance
Freelance Experience
Army Experience
Military Experience
Military Background

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Education and Training

Academic Background
Academic Experience
Programs
Courses
Related Courses
Education
Educational Background
Educational Qualifications
Educational Training
Education and Training
Training
Academic Training
Professional Training
Course Project Experience
Related Course Projects
Internship Experience
Internships
Apprenticeships
College Activities
Certifications
Special Training

Extra-curricular

Activities and Honors
Affiliations
Professional Affiliations
Associations
Professional Associations
Memberships
Professional Memberships
Athletic Involvement
Community Involvement
Civic Activities
Extra-Curricular Activities
Professional Activities
Volunteer Work
Volunteer Experience

Skills, Expertise and Proficiencies

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Credentials
Qualifications
Areas of Experience
Areas of Expertise
Areas of Knowledge
Skills
Career Related Skills
Professional Skills
Specialized Skills
Technical Skills
Computer Skills
Computer Knowledge
Software (as in, ‘software you are familiar with’)
Technologies
Technical Experience
Proficiencies
Languages
Language Competencies and Skills
Programming Languages

Achievements and Accomplishments

Licenses
Presentations
Conference Presentations
Conventions
Dissertations
Exhibits
Papers
Publications
Professional Publications
Research
Research Grants
Research Projects
Current Research Interests
Thesis / Theses

Awards and Recognition

Honors
Academic Honors
Accolades
Endorsements
Achievements
Accomplishments
Awards
Distinctions
Fellowships
Scholarships

Credibility and Proof

Portfolio
References
Testimonials
Recommendations
Web Portfolio
Writing Samples – as in, ‘where to find them’
Websites – as in, ‘Created’ or ‘Designed’)
Social Media Profiles

Status

Availability – as in, ‘when I will be available’ if you’re currently unavailable (e.g. student) but need to apply in advance

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What's missing?

Did you notice that the following weren’t in the list?

Hobbies
Interests
Personal Interests
Miscellaneous

That’s because none of these sections should appear on your resume unless you have a very specific reason to add them, and I don’t mean ‘as filler to make it a whole page.’

Frequently asked questions

What are the 4 main sections of a resume?

After the contact information at the top, a typical resume should contain at least these resume categories: a work experience section followed by an education section. If you have too much relevant work experience to fit in a 1-2 page resume, include a professional summary after the contact information but before the work experience section. For many people, it's also a good idea to end with a skills section to emphasize the high level of expertise you have for a given role.

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      • something on the resume has to be memorable. If ten resumes in the same industry are side by side, all with similar skills and experience, where do you suggest doing something that might be a little memorable? Assuming everyone has good taste in fonts, layouts and clarity. An HR professional will click thru all ten quickly, looking for the one that stands out- what makes a good resume stand out?

        • Great question!

          You actually raise a number of questions (what’s memorable? what stands out? etc.) but the all have a common thread: it’s all relative. What is memorable to you might not be so to me. What stands out to you might not stand out to me. The only way you can know is by doing some research on the targeted company, and ideally, the people who would actually see your resume and need to decide whether to interview you or not.

          https://jobmob.co.il/blog/why-target-companies-early/

          Some things that make a resume stand out are: it came recommended by someone the recruiter trusts, it’s highly targeted for the company and role in question, it has an eye-catching design (in a good way, of course), it starts with a testimonial quote from someone the recruiter highly respects, it contains highly relevant achievements and it thoroughly convinces the reader that you can succeed in the role needed without a doubt, including cultural fit.

          https://jobmob.co.il/blog/beautiful-resume-ideas-that-work/

  • I have encountered numerous situations when recruiters asked to put at least a couple of items in the personal interests section. Nowadays not many people read cover letters and that’s why the focus is shifted to resumes. I don’t think that this is a universal rule, but it could be a good idea for executives to indicate some of their interests on their resume. This helps to build a picture. I agree, however, that it won’t work for entry-level professionals and recent graduates.

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