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Parts of a Resume (Elements That Matter in 2024)

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No matter if you have 20 years’ experience or are just starting your career, resumes are never easy to write. One thing is the same for everyone though—you need to include the essential resume components in order to be successful.

This short guide will make sense out of how best to organize the parts of your resume and what each resume part should include.

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The key parts of any resume are:

  1. Header with Contact Information
  2. Resume Profile (Summary or Objective)
  3. Work Experience
  4. Education
  5. Skills
  6. Additional Section (Awards, Activites, Hobbies, and Interests)

Parts of a Resume : Example

Willow Turner

Store Manager

123-456-7890

willowturner@email.com

linkedin.com/in/willow.turner

Summary

Dynamic Store Manager with 5 years of experience. Seeking to help RetailRise Management increase its efficiency and profitability by leveraging proven leadership skills, in addition to customer relations and operations knowledge. Boosted sales at StoreMasters Incorporated by 30% within the first year.

Experience

Store Manager

StoreMasters Incorporated, Burlington, VT

March 2016–Present

Key Qualifications & Responsibilities

  • Leading a team of 20+ employees, ensuring high-quality customer service.
  • Overseeing all store operations, including inventory management and cash flow.
  • Conducting regular training sessions for new employees.
  • Researching market trends to select products for the store.

Key Achievement: 

  • Boosted sales by 30% within the first year through an effective sales strategy.

Assistant Store Manager

ShopHub Retail Solutions, Burlington, VT

January 2014–February 2016

Key Qualifications & Responsibilities

  • Assisted the store manager in daily operations and staff supervision.
  • Coordinated with the purchasing department to maintain inventory levels.
  • Helped in brainstorming sessions to develop new marketing strategies.

Key Achievement:

  • Implemented a customer loyalty program, leading to a 15% increase in repeat customers.

Education

Bachelor in Business Administration

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

August 2010–May 2014

Relevant extracurricular activities

  • Member, University's Retail and Marketing Club
  • Volunteer, Local Food Drive

Academic achievements:

  • Dean's List, 2012–2014
  • Winner, University's Business Plan Competition, 2014

Skills

  • Leadership and Staff Management
  • Customer Service
  • Inventory Management
  • Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • Merchandising
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Sales Strategy
  • Training and Development

Certifications

  • Certified Retail Store Manager, National Retail Federation, 2016

Awards

  • 2019, Store Manager of the Year, StoreMasters Incorporated

Memberships

Member of the National Retail Federation since 2016

  • Regular contributor to the Retail Management Best Practices blog

Languages

  • English—Native

Interests

  • Networking and attending retail industry conferences.
  • Volunteering at local food drives.

Let’s start—

1. Header with Contact Information

If you want the hiring manager to contact you at all, the resume header section is vital and so is at the very top of your resume.

The bare minimum of this resume part is your name, contact phone number, professional email, and address (optional).

If appropriate, dress this part of your resume up with a link to your relevant blog, LinkedIn profile, website, etc.

Pro Tip: Never add information that could be grounds for potential discrimination (race, gender, age/DOB, marital status) on resumes.

Want to know more about what to include in the contact information part of your resumes? Check out this nifty guide: Resume Contact Information: What to List

2. Resume Profile: Resume Summary or Resume Objective

The resume profile is the part of your resume where you basically explain why you’re applying for the given job. It should be no longer than a couple of sentences.

Are you an experienced professional? Use a resume summary that outlines your relevant career experience.

Just starting off your career? Use a resume objective. This short blurb mentions your career goals backed up by skills and achievements.

Having doubts as to whether a resume objective or summary is right for you? These two guides should help sort that out: Resume Objective Examples and Resume Summary Examples

3. Work Experience

This element of the resume is where you mention all your professional work experience to show you already have the necessary know-how for the job. Remember to keep it relevant to the position you’re applying for. Hiring managers hate generic resumes.

Don’t have any work experience or are at the beginning of your career? Mention other gigs that underline your skills in this part of a resume. For example, internships, part-time work, or volunteering.

Be bold and use strong, active resume words to really show that you’re the candidate the hiring manager is looking for. Also, give concrete examples to back up your claims.

If you’re still unclear as to how to include your job experience, this guide will help you out: Work Experience on a Resume: Samples of Job Description Bulletpoints

4. Education

In the education part of the resume, you list your education credentials. The basic format for listing education in your resume would be the following:

  • Degree
  • School Name
  • Graduation Date

If you’re fresh out of school or still studying, consider adding in some relevant coursework or study abroad experience to beef up this resume part. Also, put it in front of your job experience section (which will probably be weaker on entry-level resumes).

Need some more pointers on what to list in the education section? This guide should help: How to Put Your Education on a Resume

5. Skills

This resume part focuses on what expertise you have to get the job. Just like with the experience resume component, being relevant is a key element. Use the job ad as a guide to what skills the employer is looking for.

Remember, don’t just focus on your technical skills, list both hard and soft skills appropriate for the job; they’re all equally important on resumes.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out what skills to include on your resume, check out this guide: What Skills to Put on a Resume: Examples for All Professions

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6. Additional Section

Yes, recruiters do actually look at additional resume information even though it seems to have to do very little with your job or career.

Here’s where you can add relevant athletic, academic, or other professional recognition and awards. These would include:

Pro Tip: No matter how well organized your resume parts are, make sure you proofread them. Spelling errors have just as much a chance of shattering your career hopes as a lack of professional experience.

Check out our in-depth guide on key resume categories: Resume Categories: What Sections to Put on a Resume

Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like:

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And there it is, short and simple! Now go put your resume parts in order and apply for that dream job!

Got any questions on what the essential components of a resume are? Need help with creating a specific part of a resume? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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Oliwia Wolkowicz
Oliwia is a writer and career expert with a solid background in consulting. At Zety, she writes dedicated, advice-driven guides to help readers create great resumes and cover letters to land the job of their dreams.
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