The list is divided into sections or categories, just like your resume or CV, to group the related headers together for easy reference.
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Category and section headings for an impressive CV or resume
Objectives, Summaries and Goals titles
Career Goal / Career Goals
Summary of Qualifications
👉 Just keep in mind that an objective statement isn't always a good idea on a resume.
Work and Employment headings
Career Related Experience
[Industry] Experience – replace [Industry] with the name of yours, such as ‘Accounting Experience’
Education and Training titles section titles
Education and Training
Course Project Experience
Related Course Projects
Activities and Honors
Skills, Expertise and Proficiencies headers
Areas of Experience
Areas of Expertise
Areas of Knowledge
Career Related Skills
Technical Skills (or ‘Tech Skills')
Software (as in, ‘software you are familiar with’)
Language Competencies and Skills
👉 Notice there's no “soft skills” section. There's a better way to mention those…
Achievements and Accomplishments section names
Current Research Interests
Thesis / Theses
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Awards and Recognition headings
Credibility and Proof section names
Writing Samples – as in, ‘where to find them’
Websites – as in, ‘Created’ or ‘Designed’)
Social Media Profiles
Availability – as in, ‘when I will be available’ if you’re currently unavailable (e.g. student) but need to apply in advance
Alternative resume sections: what's missing
Did you notice that the following weren’t in the list?
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.’
If you do have such a reason, then you absolutely should include a hobbies or interests section.
Final tip: vague resume category names should never be used:
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