This article will teach you what sections you should have on an executive or professional resume
As an executive or professional you want to make sure you include the right sections when you write a resume. The information in this article will provide you with all the information you need to know about the sections that an executive and professional need to have on their resume.
Key Sections in an Executive or Professional Resume:
- Your Personal Info
- Job History
Below you will find a description of each.
Your Personal Info
This section appears at the top of a resume and includes your basic information. Some job seekers are afraid to include their personal contact details and address. This is a mistake because it makes it harder for employers to contact you. If you have a major certification or education in the profession you are applying for I would recommend you put it beside your name. Also, your name should be the largest font on the resume. If you used 12 for your resume, your name should be set at 14.
Example of the personal info section:
Jane Smith CFP
There are some experts who believe you should not include the objective section anymore on resumes as it is a waste of valuable resume real estate. But many employers expect to see an objective section so I would still recommend having it on your resume. Stating your objective serves the purpose of being an introduction to your resume. Keep this section brief. It should highlight your background in 1 or 2 sentences.
Example of an Objective Section:
Future-focused Financial Analyst with a commitment to quality and accuracy seeks a progressive role with a dynamic, growth-oriented organization where financial modeling & analytical techniques can be leveraged to achieve exceptional results.
This self-explanatory section focuses on your education, certifications, and courses. You should include education, certifications, and courses that are relevant to the job you’re searching for. If you have certifications that are not relevant to the job you want, do not list them on your resume. For example, if you have a personal training certification but are not looking to get hired as a personal trainer, that certification doesn’t need to be on your resume.
You can also list courses in progress or ones you are looking to do in the future. This will show initiative on your part and might give you an advantage over other candidates. Another good reason to include courses and certifications: if a recruiter searches for a specific credential, you might pop up on their search.
Where should the education section be placed in your resume? If you applying for a job where specific education and/or certification is centric to the job, place it near the top. If not, place it at the bottom.
If you are seasoned in your career, you might choose to leave out the year you graduated. Academic achievements, such as high GPAs or scholarships, should be included in this section. Many entry-level roles like to see potential candidates’ GPAs.
Example of Education Section:
MBA – Focus in Financial Modeling (4.0 GPA) – University of Florida 2017
Bachelor of History -York University, Toronto 2015
PMP – Certified Project Manager – Project Management Institute
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt – In Progress
Job History Section:
The job history section is the most important section on your resume. It is the section which describes your work history. It is also the section hiring managers are going to focus on.
Your jobs should be listed in chronological order from newest to oldest. Your company, job title, employment duration, and city you worked in should all be listed before your experience. It is a good idea to write a synopsis of the company you worked at. In bullet points, note your positive experiences in that job, from most important to least important. This is a way to market yourself to employers: they see what you have achieved and how you can help them. Be sure to include any large-scale achievements you had at that job.
For the tech sector, along with all the tech skills you used at that company, list the technical environment at the end of the position.
Example of Job History Section:
Health System America
Director Talent Acquisition, Seattle Washington (November 2013 – Present)
Health System America is one of the largest health care organizations, with more than 100,000 employees across the United States. The system supports 80 hospitals as well as 100 long term acute care facilities. As a director of talent acquisition, led the talent acquisition functions for the entire organization. Specific duties include:
- Build from scratch Health System America’s talent acquisition department, including hiring the recruitment team, creating metrics, processes, SLAs and overall strategy.
- Saved the organization 50 million dollars in agency saving over a 5 year period
- Reduce time to fill metrics from over 50 days down to 28
- Lead, train, mentor and guide teams of 50 staff including 5 managers, 30 recruiters, 10 sourcers and 10 onboarding specialists.
- Design, develop, and implement recruitment process improvements.
Successful large scale projects: Staffed new units for Operating Room, CVICU, Free standing ER, Dialysis, Peds, NICU, ICU, Med-Surg & Wellness Center.
The skills section is the area of the resume where you list all your relevant skills. This area is also important in terms of SEO—when filling a job, the keywords recruiters search for are often what skills you list. To pop up on a recruiter’s search, make your skills specific. For example, don’t just list MS Office as a skill; include the specific Office programs that you are familiar with: Word, Excel, etc. Sometimes the smallest skill can pop up on a recruiter’s search.
Example of Skills Section:
w Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) w Accounting & Payroll Systems (ADP, JD Edwards, Oracle) w Financial Statements w Accounts Payable/Receivable w Tax Reporting w Bank Reconciliation w General Ledgers w Payroll w Profit and Loss Analysis
Where to Place Those Sections on a Resume
In most cases, your resume should follow this order:
- Personal info
- Job history
In occupations where education or skills are critical, you could put education and/or skills directly after the objective section.
Additional Resume Sections & When to Add Them to Your Resume
There are additional sections some individuals put on their resumes. For each of these sections, the pros and cons will be discussed as well as when to use them. These sections include:
- Volunteer experience
- Un Paid Internships/Co-Op
- Hobbies and Interests
- Awards and Achievements
- Publications and Patents
- Industry Experiences
- Un-Paid Internships/Co-Op – Only list unpaid internship or co-op experience if it is relevant to your field or if you are lacking real-world job experience.
- Volunteer experience – Include your volunteer experience if you are applying to jobs who look fondly on volunteering, like non-profits or social-minded companies. Also, many entry-level jobs like to see what you have done past school and work, so this could be useful in this instance. Volunteer experience could also be used to fill a void in resumes for individuals with limited work experience or who have been out of work.
- Hobbies and interests – For the most part, this section is not needed unless you know a potential employer values specific hobbies and interests.
- Awards and Achievements – This section can be useful if you have achieved certain job-related achievements in your profession, such as winning specific industry awards.
- Industry Experiences – This optional section is where you list what industries you have worked in. This section is good for candidates who work in consulting or are looking to get into consulting.
- Patents and Publications – This is a rare section usually reserved for very technical roles. In some engineering roles, this section is quite useful.
- Languages – This section lists the languages you speak. In certain countries, like Canada where both English and French is spoken, speaking 2 languages can increase your chances of getting the job. Do your homework to see if employers in your geographical area are interested in candidates who speak a second or third language.
Customize Your Resume to the Job You Are Applying For
Unless you are using a quick application, you should customize your resume for every job you apply for. This means that for every application, you should customize your resume with keywords you see in that particular job description.