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Traditional Resume Design

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Resume Section Headings

In modern versions of traditional resumes, headings (and subheadings) are used to separate and prioritize essential information, as it pertains to the specific job for which the applicant is submitting a resume.

Resume headings also serve as visual cues to the reader, that one section has ended and another has begun.

Headings can be centered:

Professional Experience

Or flush left:

Professional Experience

They may be underscored for added emphasis:

Professional Experience

Or set off by horizontal lines:


Professional Experience


Resume Headings to Consider

  • Skills
  • Special Skills
  • Education
  • Specialized Training
  • Qualifications or Profile
  • Career Accomplishments
  • Professional Experience or Work History

Resume Heading Order

In all modern resumes, information is prioritized according to importance, with the most relevant—as it relates to the specific job—appearing first.

For example, if you are a recent graduate with little work experience in your chosen field, then your Education section is more important than your Professional Experience section. Subsequently, your Education section would precede your Professional Experience section.

On the other hand, if you have several years of solid work experience in your field, then your Professional Experience section would come before your Education section.

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