The Elements of an Effective Resume

An effective resume is composed of information that employers are most interested in knowing about a prospective job applicant. This information is conveyed by a few essential elements. The following is a list of elements that are found in most resumes—some essential, some optional. Later in this chapter, we will further examine the role of
each of these elements in the makeup of your resume.

• Objective and/or Keyword Section
• Work Experience
• Education
• Honors
• Activities
• Certificates and Licenses
• Publications
• Professional Memberships
• Special Skills
• Personal Information
• References

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