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Honors and Activities Section

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What's the best way for you to approach your honors and activities section? Read below for some options.

What is an honors and activities section?

This section of the résumé highlights the relevant activities you have been involved with and the honors you have received that you could discuss with your prospective employer. You also want to communicate how these activities and honors might make you an asset to the organization.

An honors and activities section might include the following.

Samples:

Why write an honors and activities section?

Where should you place this section?

The honors and activities section is generally placed after the education and experience sections of the résumé. Since this section is usually the last one on the résumé, you can include as many or as few honors and activities as space permits.

How to build your honors and activities section

It is best to brainstorm a list of all your honors and activities before you write the honors section of the résumé. Then you can choose the most relevant and recent honors and activities from your list. Remember that this section is supposed to help you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate your qualifications for a position; consequently, you may not need or want to include all of the honors and activities from you list on the résumé.

Content to consider

Samples:

Scholarships

Academic Honors

Membership in Professional Organizations

Community Service Positions

Questions to ask

About you

About the company or organization

Tailoring for your audience

The activities and honors section of the résumé is a great place to tailor it for specific positions, companies, and organizations. This section can become customized for specific positions since you will probably not include all of your activities and honors but only those that make your résumé stronger. To tailor this section for your audience, you should apply the same principles that you used in tailoring the experience section of your résumé.

You should:

  1. Select and include only your most relevant experiences: Based upon your career goals and the qualifications desired by the company, you will likely find that certain activities and honors are less relevant for specific positions. For example, if you are applying for a mechanical engineering position, your role as a youth leader in a local group may not interest your audience. If you are applying for a teaching position, however, this same activity might be very relevant.
  2. Place your most relevant experiences first: Since readers are most likely to read information closer to the top of the page, place your most impressive experiences first.
  3. Appeal to your company's values: If the company values problem solving, for example, or taking the initiative or being a team player, then be sure to include activities and honors from your list that demonstrate that you possess those skills.

Click on the link at the top of this resource for a sample résumé.

For more information, please see the Interactive Résumé.

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