Accomplishments, Activities & Awards

This can be the most valuable part of a resume. List significant activities, awards, honors, interests, memberships, and offices.

Some are easily overlooked:

  • Employed since the age of eleven
  • Appointed residence hall assistant
  • Served as vice president of Pi Kappa literary society
  • Employee of the Month (June 2013)
  • Performed in University Chorus
  • Merited a dean’s list GPA while earning over 50% of room, board, and tuition

Include only those that may prove helpful for the employer to know; an accounting firm may not be interested that you coached softball, but a school surely will.

Interests & Hobbies

Some people advise job seekers, especially students, to include a section of interests and hobbies. While including that information helps fill out a sparse resume, interests and hobbies are rarely relevant to the employment goal. However, if you are involved in activities or hobbies that do relate to the position or to the company’s culture, those details may prove to boost your resume.

Student and Alumnus Examples

Use your Merit page . . .

  • to capture recruiter attention
  • to highlight major achievements and activities verified by the University
  • to support and validate your resume and ePortfolio documents
  • to strengthen your resume, ePortfolio, LinkedIn profile, and Facebook site
  • to share your accomplishments with friends and employers alike