Resume Tips for Specific Education Fields


Resume tips for specific education fields is important for the university students to understand as emphasis and specialisation are two important elements that goes hand in hand when you write your resume.

Arts and Communication

  • Portfolios/work samples are sometimes expected and should be noted on your resume. If you have an online portfolio, include a link in your resume contact information heading.
  • Graphics are invited in this field and will be seen as a demonstration of your creativity.
  • It’s okay to translate your internships into job titles that accurately describe your duties, e.g. using Public Relations Assistant instead of the official job title of Student Assistant.
  • For journalism opportunities, include fluency in other languages if applicable.


  • In most cases “management” isn’t a very realistic objective.
  • Focus on a particular area—finance, marketing, human resources—and express long-term interest in management.
  • Business employers are interested in results. Be sure your resume highlights specific achievements, times when you exceeded goals, etc.
  • Quantify your experience: “Increased sales by 30%.” Show accomplishments in previous experience.
  • Stress tangible leadership experience when listing extracurricular involvement.
  • List transferable skills such as time management, conflict resolution and decision making.

Human Services

  • For many of these occupations, experience as a volunteer is considered a strong measure of knowledge and commitment. List key responsibilities and outcomes in your resume.
  • For teaching jobs, experience you had working with young people and any tutoring or teaching experiences are important.

Life Sciences/Physical Sciences

  • Research and lab techniques should be listed for jobs in these fields. List scientific techniques you are most familiar with or have recently used.
  • Because the employer may be looking for certain majors, your education should be near the top of your resume.
  • Healthcare jobs place a strong emphasis upon communication skills, including bilingual ability.
  • Include science organization memberships.


  • Employers in this field prefer objectives that are precise, indicating a particular area of interest or expertise.
  • Include technical courses in your resume, elearning courses and projects to support interest and objective.
  • GPA should be included.
  • Break technical skills into subcategories. This will make it easier for the reader to pick up the specific skills they are looking for (i.e. Operating Systems, Hardware, Software, Networking and Programming Languages).
  • Be sure your resume is loaded with keywords denoting skills. Have a text version of your resume for sites requesting this format.
  • Including both technical and non-technical work experience demonstrates experience working in professional settings.

[UCSD Career Services Center]