Useful Terminology for Resumes (Part III)
Education Section: Section of the resume that is used to showcase academic achievements. This can be placed at the top of the resume for recent graduates or those with minimal work experience, or lower down the page if your work experience is your primary asset. Employment History: The history of your working life, i.e. your professional experience. This is summarized on a resume by showing your key responsibilities, achievements and duties for each job you held throughout your working history. Grade Point Average (GPA): A way of quantifying academic achievement and ability by taking the average of a student’s performance throughout school (either high school or university). Should only be detailed on a resume if above 3.0. Internship: A form of work experience, usually acquired by entry level job seekers, whereby a person applies to work in a given industry for a set period of time, (usually a matter of a few months) without payment with the sole purpose of attaining experience within a given job role. Key Skill: A person’s ability to perform a specific vocational function particularly well. For example, someone with a lot of experience in human resources may be great at training new staff. They therefore possess a key skill in ‘training’. Letter of recommendation: A letter written by a previous employer or someone senior to you, that explains details your strengths, such as skills, abilities, work ethic, personality, etc. A recruiter rarely seeks these, but often play a major role in graduate school applications.