Content of a Resume

Resumes should be strategically organized to highlight your most significant qualifications and experiences. The following are typical categories you may use to organize your resume:


Name, address, phone number and email address.


Tells the reader at a glance what you would like to do. This well-constructed phrase or sentence is a brief description of your goals. Through job titles or descriptive phrases, the statement profiles the responsibilities and activities you want to assume. The statement might also include desired tasks and responsibilities, job titles, or types of organizations, industries or products that interest you. It gives direction to everything that follows and your resume content needs to support this statement.


Degree earned or degree being pursued starting with the most recent degree received, name of university or college and date of graduation or expected graduation. In addition, any minors or concentration areas in your field of study.  If you are a first year student or sophomore you may include your high school education.  Other items to include in the Education section are advanced or special relevant courses.


It is important to include your projects on your resume.  This section enables you to highlight your MQP, IQP and any course or lab project.  Projects are one of the key selling points of being a WPI student.  Do not copy and paste your MQP or IQP abstract onto your resume.  Identify what you did, how you did it, what you were trying to accomplish, the results, and the number of individuals on your team.  Do not just state what the goal of the project was, rather explain and expand on your actions, what you did to solve the given problem. However, do not limit this section to just your IQP and MQP projects, think about projects, labs, or experience that you gained in the classroom.  Did you create or design something that you are proud of, would want to talk about it on an interview?  These are things that should go on your resume as well, to help the employer see your related experience and project foundation.  Do not just state what the goal of the project was, rather explain and expand on your actions, what you did to solve the given problem.


Employers want to know:

Develop action verb phrases which highlight job skills that support your stated career objective. Emphasize increased levels of responsibility if you moved up within an organization. Employers want to know that you have had work experiences even if they are not related to your career objective. Part-time or non-career related summer work can be organized into paragraphs with less detail than career-related work.


List out your skills based on categories.  You can label the heading “Computer Skills” if you are only going to be listing software and programming tools.  Otherwise, name the section “Skills” and have subcategories to organize related skills, such as computer, programming, web design, foreign languages, lab techniques, etc.  Please note, be specific with which Microsoft Office programs you know.  Companies can do key word searches for Excel or other programs, and listing which specific programs you are familiar with, will provide the company with a better understanding of your comprehension and knowledge

Extracurricular Activities

These activities can indicate leadership, teamwork and energy level. This may be an especially important section if you have had little work experience. List activities which support your career objective, demonstrate campus involvement and your ability to lead others. You may also include athletic teams, student organizations, professional societies and Greek affiliations.

Other Information

The following items may be included as separate categories:

  1. Honors/Awards
  2. Community Service
  3. Foreign Language Ability
  4. Military Experience
  5. International Experience
  6. Publications, Patents Held or Pending
  7. Professional Associations
  8. Research
  9. Leadership



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