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

👉 Just keep in mind that an objective statement isn't always a good idea on a resume.

Work and Employment headings

Employment History
Work History
Work 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 Experience
Army Experience
Military Experience
Military Background

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Education and Training titles section titles

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

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Extra-curricular subheadings

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

Skills, Expertise and Proficiencies headers

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

👉 Notice there's no “soft skills” section. There's a better way to mention those

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Achievements and Accomplishments section names

Conference Presentations
Professional Publications
Research Grants
Research Projects
Personal Projects
Current Research Interests
Thesis / Theses

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Awards and Recognition headings

Academic Honors

Credibility and Proof section names

Web Portfolio
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?

Personal Interests

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:


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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This Post Has 41 Comments

  1. Sara Kmiecik

    Great list! I definitely agree that hobbies and personal interests should not be included on resumes.

  2. Roy

    Great work Jacob! I agree that one pager resume is more practical. Thank you.

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  4. Courteney Douglas

    Interesting resume headings, Jacob! As a resume writer, I advise job seekers to use common headers to keep things simple.

    1. Jacob Share

      Thanks for your take, Courteney. KISS is a good policy 👍👍👍

      1. eo

        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?

        1. Jacob Share

          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.

          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.

  5. Nissar

    Great list – thanks for compiling this. I agree that Hobbies should not be on your resume. The recruiter or hiring manager do not care.

  6. Antony

    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.

  7. Taonga Emily Mbuzi

    this was very helpful. thank you so much

  8. Jacob Share

    New update of this article for the first time in years! Enjoy 👍

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