Regardless of your chosen resume template, you should have appropriate contact information. At the very least, this would include name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address. Additional information can be provided if it fits in with the overall resume template and objective.
In most resume templates, the objective is optional. I have often noticed that fresh graduates tend to list an objective. If your resume template includes an objective, make it narrow and focused. Hence, an objectives like To get a suitable job in a high growth sector is not a good idea. Everyone wants a good job. That much is obvious.
If you are a fresh graduate, your resume template should highlight your education. You could include considerable detail in the education section especially if other sections do not have much to talk about. However, if you have a lot of work experience, your resume template should keep the education section to the bare minimum facts. Otherwise you run the risk of overshadowing your work experience.
This is usually the most important section of your resume template. When listing work experience, focus on what you accomplished, rather than on what you did. The difference can be a thin line in some cases. For instance:
• Not Good Worked on the accounting and audit system. This primarily focused on technology.
• Good Achieved 70% reduction in turnaround time, by technology enabling the accounting and audit system.
Honors and Awards
Though not a common section, it is a good idea to include it in your resume template. The only question you need to ask yourself is - Do you have something important to say? If you have a couple of important achievements then including this section in your resume template is worthwhile.
This is definitely an optional section and most resume templates do not include a separate section for hobbies. Usually hobbies can be mentioned in the Other section. One situation in which your resume template should have a hobbies section would be if your hobbies are very time intensive. A prospective recruiter or college should know that you intend to spend a lot of time on hobbies.
If there is more stuff that you would like to mention, you can include additional sections in your resume format. However, if additional sections do not feel appropriate, the Other section can be included in your resume template. Some examples of what you can include are:
• Knowledge of multiple languages
• International Travel
• Volunteer work
• Mention in the media...