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Résumé Sections Part 2

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Note: You can reverse the education and work experience sections depending on your situation. The education section lists your highest degree, training, or certificate. The section also includes:

  • School or training program name and location
  • Graduation or certification date
  • Level of degree and grade point average if it is 3.0 or above

If you did not finish a degree or program, list the dates you went to the school and any credits you earned. Here is a sample education section:

Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN, August 24, 2006 - May 9, 2008, 18 credits in Industrial Technology – Welding
Emmerich Manual High School, Indianapolis, IN, May 23, 2003, General Studies and Welding

Summary of Skills and Qualifications

The summary of skills and qualifications lists experience and skills you have. This section could follow your objective section, or it could follow your education section. You may also want to include any languages besides English you speak. Here is a sample summary of qualifications:

  • Seven years of experience working with customers (two years in welding)
  • Skills in:
    • welding steel, aluminum, and stainless steel
    • hand and power tools
    • physical dexterity and ability to lift over 100 pounds
  • Ability to:
    • diagnose problems and determine appropriate action
    • work successfully in high-stress situations
    • perform mathematics
    • read technical manuals and work orders, interpret and apply blueprints and schematic diagrams
    • write materials requests and accurately follow oral, written, and graphical instructions
    • maintain accurate records
  • Knowledge of:
    • mechanical systems, fabrication, and welding
    • welding theory and principles
    • welding tools and welding codes
    • safety practices

Willingness to learn as evidenced by continuing education in welding at Ivy Tech Community College


Some employers may not ask for references with your résumé. But it is good to have a references list ready if an employer requires it. Include at least three references. Also, remember to contact your references to double-check their contact information and to ask permission to use them as references. Here is a sample references list:

Russell Clark, Owner of Russell’s Collision Services
1404 State Route 26, Lafayette, IN
Rebecca Singh, Manager Village Pantry
3630 Greenbush St., Lafayette, IN
Anthony Taylor, Manager Village Pantry
4004 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN

Click here to download the PDF file containing sample résumés and employment letters.