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Here’s how to create the Heading, Objective, and Education sections of your resume. Click here for a few examples to refer to while reading this guide.
4. Creating Your Heading
What you need in your heading:
- Name, which should be bold and in a larger print (14-20 font size). CAPITALIZATION of your name is optional and can be used to substitute bold text
- Permanent and/or current addresses (listing both signals a transition, e.g., graduation)
- One professional email address. Your Purdue email address works well. Make sure is does not look like a hyperlink
- One reliable telephone number
- You do not need to label contact information e.g., Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Writing an Objective Statement
Note: You do not need an objective statement if the employer knows which position you are applying for (e.g., an online application to a specific role). For career fair resumes always put an objective statement on your resume.
- Elements of an effective objective statement
- Role Type (internship, co-op, full-time, or part-time)
- Desired professional field or role (e.g., cyber security, marketing intern)
- If internship, include desired semester (e.g., summer 2015)
- Example: “To obtain an internship in accounting for summer 2015”
- It is not necessary or expected that you highlight your skills/expertise in the objective statement. Additionally, avoid stating what you hope to gain from this position, it may not create the best impression on a potential employer.
6. The Education Section
Include the following in your education section:
- Name of institution and location, e.g., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
- Official name of degree and major, e.g. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Concentrations, Minors the line below your major, e.g., Minor: Literature
- Month and year of graduation (expected/anticipated or past); you do not need to explicitly state that the graduation date is expected/anticipated, a future month and year is sufficient.
- (Optional) overall and/or major GPA and scale, e.g., 3.59/4.00 (do not round to one decimal place). To GPA or not to GPA
- Omit high school information, unless 1) freshman or 2) significant or related to field.
- Study Abroad experience may be placed in the Education section or may be placed in a separate Study Abroad section. A separate section is recommended if you wish to add details about your experiences abroad.
Education Section Examples: