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Resume Components

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Resumes generally include some, or all of the following:

  • Contact information
  • Objective statement (most resumes do not include this)
  • Background  summary
  • Work experience
  • Accomplishments
  • Education
  • Training
  • Volunteer Work
  • Licenses/ Certificates


The components used, and the order in which they appear, depend on the format.  A simple chronological resume may include only contact info, work experience and education.  A combination resume, on the other hand, may include all of the above.

Contact Information  (mandatory)

This section must include your name, mailing address and telephone number.  It could also include your e mail address, if you check your messages regularly.

Objective Statement  (optional)

It should be included only if you have a well-defined career objective, which fits the position for which you are applying.  You may want to include this information in your cover letter, rather than on your resume.

If used, it should include the title of the position you are seeking, and a brief description of the knowledge and skills required of the position.  You can modify your objective statement as new opportunities arise.

Background Summary  (optional)

May be combined with Objective Statement.  It should mention the number of years you have been employed,  then summarize your experience, knowledge, special skills and areas of expertise.


WORK EXPERIENCE  (mandatory)

Write out the name of each company or organization you have worked for, including the city and province where it is located.  Use abbreviations only if they are commonly known.  If the company or organization is not well known, include a brief description: example:  "Executive Placement Agency".

Pay attention to dates.  If you have held several positions with a single employer, be certain the overall employment period is shown clearly at first glance, so you do not look like a "job jumper".  Also include the dates for each division that you have worked for, along with a brief description of the position.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS  (optional)

Clearly stating any accomplishments you've made can be key to securing your next job.  Employers want to know what you can do for their organization, and your accomplishments give them some indication of your "can do" abilities.

When using a functional format resume, list all accomplishment statements toward the top.  When using a combination format, list them with each position you have held


EDUCATION & TRAINING  (mandatory)

List schools, designations attained, and dates.
Include training courses and seminars you have attended.

Volunteer Experience/Work

  • Shows skills you've gained / used without being paid
  • Shows that you are involved in your community

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