In the first part of our resume series, we looked at the components of a resume. Now we’ll delve into the first three key components.

1. Heading (at top of the page)

Includes contact information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number(s) with professional voicemail greetings set up
  • Email address: set up a professional address, if needed, and check email daily

2. Objective

An objective clarifies the purpose of your resume and presents a clear statement of your goals.

It is a short, specific one-sentence summary of position desired. Your objective can take two different approaches:

  • Brief and to the point
    • Example: To secure a part-time position at spa or salon
  • Detailed description of desired position and qualifications
    • Example: To become a receptionist at Dog Days veterinarian office, where I can use my experience in clerical support to make a difference.

You must decide which approach is best for the position for which you’re applying.

3. Education


  • Name and location of the school
  • Major, minor and area of concentration (if applicable)
  • Graduation or anticipated graduation date
  • Courses
    • Relevant courses that help you stand out from the crowd and/or have provided you with specific skills or knowledge
    • Do not include general courses that are part of a required curriculum, e.g., English, math
    • Do include advanced courses if they are relevant to the position, e.g., biology, calculus