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Suggestions for Resume Headers: Common Resume Headings

Common Resume Headings

To know which of the following subheadings you are going to use you have to know: Who is this resume for? Resumes must be targeted to a particular employer, position or job type. It is impossible to produce a resume without having such a focus. A one-size fits all resume does not exist.

There are no specific headings you have to use. You must select or invent headings that show you in the best possible light and are relevant to the job for which you are applying.

There is no particular order in which you must present your information but one usually puts the most recent or impressive information first.

HEADINGS ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name, Address, Phone No. Mobile, Fax, E-mail

  • Personal
  • Personal Data/Details
  • Summary
  • History
  • Profile

 

HEADINGS ABOUT YOUR CAREER PLANS

  • Objective
  • Career Objective/Ambition
  • Five year plan

 

HEADINGS SUMMARISING WHAT YOU HAVE DONE

  • Career Overview/Summary
  • Career Highlights/Achievements

 

HEADINGS ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION

Formal, Tertiary, TAFE, Secondary School

  • Qualifications
  • Formal Qualifications
  • Education
  • Relevant Education and Training
  • Educational Qualifications/Achievements/History/Experience/Record/Background
  • Academic Qualifications/Achievements/History/Experience/Record/Background
  • Professional Qualifications/Development/Training
  • Additional Training
  • Training Courses Attended
  • Short Courses
  • Job Related Courses
  • Conferences Attended
  • Licences
  • Certifications
  • Accreditations
  • Examinations

 

HEADINGS ABOUT THE JOBS YOU HAVE HELD

Professional, General, Voluntary

  • Experience
  • Employment
  • Employment History/Experience/Record/Background
  • Work History/Experience/Record/Background
  • Professional Employment/Background
  • Career History/Record/Background
  • Community Involvement
  • Community Service
  • Voluntary work
  • Positions Held
  • Appointments

 

HEADINGS ABOUT YOUR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Special achievements can include: Professional, Personal, Sporting, and Key

  • Achievements
  • Accomplishments
  • State Representation
  • Scholarships
  • Awards
  • Publications
  • Portfolio
  • Conference Papers Delivered
  • Articles Published
  • Honours
  • Prizes

 

HEADINGS ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO

Areas of expertise could include technical: computer, keyboard, testing, languages or; generic skills: communication, interpersonal, judgement, problem solving. Include information about your level of expertise &/or length of experience.

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Skill Summary
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Main Capabilities
  • Competencies
  • Relevant skills
  • Career Skills Summary
  • Professional Skills and Achievements
  • Summary of Qualifications
  • Strengths
  • Key Knowledge Area
  • Key Competencies
  • Demonstrated Abilities
  • Personal Attributes

 

HEADINGS ABOUT THE GROUPS YOU HAVE JOINED

Professional, Social, Recreational

  • Memberships
  • Professional Affiliation/Memberships
  • Positions of Responsibility Held

 

HEADINGS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME

  • Hobbies/Interests/Activities/Leisure
  • Community Involvement
  • Community Activities

 

HEADINGS ABOUT OTHERS WHO WILL SPEAK POSITIVELY ON YOUR BEHALF

It is not always appropriate to include these in your resume

  • Referees
  • References
  • Additional References

 

HEADINGS WHICH ARE USUALLY IRRELEVANT

  • Date of Birth/Age
  • Place of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Ethnic Origin
  • Marital Status
  • Religion
  • Number of Children
  • Health
  • Height and Weight

Let's make a summary. Resume headers typically includes:

Objective
Career Objective
Job Interest
Employment History
Related Experience
Work Experience
Professional Experience
Summary of Qualifications
Professional Highlights
Professional Strengths
Accomplishments
Skills and Accomplishments
Computer Skills
Computer Experience

Workshops and Courses
Courses and Seminars
Internships
Supervisory Skills
Honors and Awards
Volunteer Skills
Activities
Future Goals
Personal Profile
Special Abilities
Volunteer Skills
Education
Management Skills


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