Your Resume: What Sections are Necessary?

Everyone at one point or another has had to sit down and put their resume together. Then you ask yourself the question…so where do I start? Let us help you get started by sharing the sections of our Simple Resume.


Now understand that while we list and describe these sections, you may or may not have information to put in them all, so just don’t use the sections you don’t need. Simple right? So let’s get started.


  1. The Header

This is the very top of your resume and includes 3 lines. The top line is your name; second line is your address, city, state and zip code and lastly the bottom line includes your contact phone number and email address. If you have a LinkedIn profile (make sure it’s up to date and good) put the link to that profile as line number 4 of the header.


  1. The Summary

Years ago this was the location for the “Objective” but let’s be honest here…everyone has the same objective right? So the Objective is now obsolete, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, and enter The Summary. This is where you introduce yourself…in 3-4 sentences average. This is a glorified Elevator Pitch. (Not sure what that is? Ask us at This is where you first catch the attention of the reader. Who are you? What are you? What can you do for the employer and what are you looking for?


  1. Skills & Attributes

This section can be named in a few ways. As listed here or you can add Professional; Career or Special in front of Skills, it’s really up to you. But here is where you start making a list of the skills you have and the attributes that you can bring to a company. Make the list between 10 and 15, highlight this list then choose the Column format selection 2 or 3 columns. Just be sure the columns are all even. These key words and phrases are ones that HR Managers, Hiring Managers and Recruiters are looking for when reviewing and searching for resumes.


  1. Professional Experience

Pretty simple stuff here, this is where you list your work history with the name of the company; city and state; month/year of time spent there; your title and 5-8 bullet points of not only duties and responsibilities, but accomplishments. Accomplishment are a must! A trend happening now is some people are adding a short line to each position stating why they left the position/company. For those with a lengthy work history, we recommend listing no more than 15 years.


  1. Education

Any education you have is listed here. School, degree, major, dates.


  1. Significant Accomplishments

If you have a specialty career this is an optional section where you can list significant career accomplishments that may not be affiliated specifically with a certain position.


  1. Certifications / Training / Awards

This is another optional section that can be combined altogether or list them separately. Here you will list any career specific certifications…the key here being career specific. Employee awards, student awards, project training, work training, etc.


  1. Community Involvement

If you are a member of a volunteer organization, list them in this section even if they are not career specific. Why? Because this section shows your character and a lot of companies hire just as much for character as they do experience. Being an involved member of the community is absolutely you want on your resume. But be simple and concise, never glorify.



That’s is. That is the basis for The Simple Resume. No pictures, No references, No hobbies. No “References upon request”. That is the most overused and unnecessary line in the history of resumes. Think about it for a second. If you are requested to give references are you NOT going to provide them?


As always, if you need help with your current resume, putting together a new one or just have a question, contact us at 910.726-3689 or email


Happy Resume Writing!

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