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Resume Writing Advice – Honors and Awards

Resume Writing Advice – Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Honors and awards are a great way of demonstrating important accomplishments and achievements for which you were recognized. Most of your resume will be a subjective representation of your skills, abilities, and accomplishments. An honor or award is proof of your success and adds solid, objective credibility to your resume.

Your impressive achievements should be listed throughout your resume. However, if you want to draw special attention to a few specific achievements and awards, then add an Honors and Awards section. This gives you an opportunity to focus the reader on your recognized achievements.

List all applicable professional and educational honors. You may want to include some detail if the award or honor is not easily recognizable to the reader. Avoid abbreviations that may not be clear – use “Summer Promotion Qualifier Award” rather than “SPQA Award.”

Listing your Awards and Recognition

Make sure you describe the honor or award if it is not self-explanatory.  Also, try to give your potential employer a sense of the competitiveness of the selection process. If you participated in a research and development project and were partially responsible for a discovery, invention, patent, or other innovation, include mention of this work in your Honors section or include a section titled “Publications and Patents.”

Specific Advice for Students

Activities and honors demonstrate that you have made the most out of your college experience, taking advantage of clubs, organizations and/or athletics as well as your school’s academic resources. Describing your extra-curricular activities can demonstrate positive personal characteristics in demand by today’s employers. You can also show that you have developed organizational and leadership skills.

If you are not including and Honors an Activities section, and have received an Educational honor or award, it should be listed under the proper degree in the Education section.

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