Additional Resume Information: What to Include to Improve Your Resume

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated October 8, 2022 | Published September 29, 2021

Updated October 8, 2022

Published September 29, 2021

The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.

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Your resume is a document that you may submit when applying for jobs, which includes your work experience, professional skills, and education that makes you a good fit for the job. Employers may also consider other details to understand your personality, ambitions, and unique skills. Including an additional information section on your resume can inform them of your activities and pursuits outside of work and allows them to get to know you better. In this article, we explain what additional resume information you can include with examples of each type.

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What is additional resume information?

Additional resume information includes relevant skills, qualifications or characteristics that can round out your work experience with life experience. It is your opportunity to communicate more about your personality and show that you have passions and interests outside of work. Consider the position you're applying for and tailor the information accordingly so that it seems relevant to an employer. The sections and items you include in your resume may help you stand out among other job applicants.

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Types of additional resume information to include on your resume

Some types of additional information that you may consider adding to your resume include:

  • certifications and licenses

  • training or continued education

  • skills

  • special awards or commendations

  • publications

  • testimonials from clients

  • job performance reviews

  • hobbies

  • languages spoken

  • charity or volunteer work

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Certifications and licenses

Some industries may require potential employers to have certain certifications to be considered for employment. If this applies to you, having a section on your resume dedicated to certifications can make it easier for an employer to scan and confirm that you hold the required certifications. If you have a certification that the hiring company does not require, you can still list it here. Include information about the issuing organization, the coursework, and the test requirements involved to acquire the certificate. For example:

Certifications

  • CPCE: Certified Professional in Catering and Events, 2021

  • IIBA Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA), 2021

  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification, 2021

  • Chef de cuisine Certification, 2020, issued by the Canadian Culinary Institute of the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CFCC)

Licenses

  • Quebec Province Bar, 2021

  • Medical Doctor, 2019

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Training or continuing education

Throughout your career, you may take on new roles and responsibilities. Your company may offer additional training as you take on new tasks or if you're promoted internally. You can also continue your education or attend training seminars on your own to expand your knowledge and show initiative. For example, if you've taken classes at a culinary school to learn how to make confectionaries or completed a book publishing seminar over a weekend, you can list those to show your willingness to expand your abilities and increase your knowledge. For example:

Continuing education section

  • Advanced Workshop for IT Managers, IT Institute of Montreal, July 2019, Montreal, Quebec.

  • Notary Public Course, Ontario Community College, April 2019, Toronto, Ontario: Certificate of Completion.

Skills

Although you may cover some of your skills in the work experience section on your resume, it may be helpful to list out skills in a dedicated section. Some examples of skills you may include are proficiency in common-specific software programs, task management, design, or software specific to your field. You can also highlight your soft skills, such as problem-solving, adaptability, and flexibility. For example:

Skills

  • Proficient in Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop: daily use of both programs to create graphics for marketing and promotional use.

  • Excellent event-planning skills: planned and facilitated a networking seminar weekend for 150 colleagues.

  • Excellent leadership skills: hired, trained, and lead a team of 12 sales associates over the past 2 years. My team consistently surpassed sales goals, and we were the 8th-ranked store in our region of over 100 stores.

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Special awards or commendations

Some industries reward good job performance with awards and commendations. You can show your commitment and hard work ethic by listing any awards you've received and a brief description of how you earned them. Awards may be more impactful if received in recent years and correlate to the job you're applying for. You can list your awards in your work experience or a separate section if you have a sizable list. If you have a professional portfolio, you may include a copy of any certificates or awards. For example:

Awards

  • Top Regional Salesperson for 3rd Quarter 2020

  • Employee of the Month, August 2021: Needle & Thread, for consistently meeting sales goals and providing outstanding customer service

Senior Teacher — I Can Read Learning Centre, 2018-Present

  • Lead a team of five teachers to ensure that they were providing the highest quality education to their students

  • Acted as the communication link between teachers and headquarters

  • Awarded Employee of the Month for our cluster of centres, May 2021, for providing excellent support to the teachers at our centre and consistently meeting new student sign-up goals for our centre.

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Publications

Many industries publish journals and publications for professionals in the industry. If you've had work published in one of these publications or helped contribute somehow, you can include this in your resume. This inclusion can help potential employers learn about your writing style, interests, academic research, or technical skills. You may include links to relevant work in an electronic version of your resume. On a physical resume, list the following:

  • your name

  • the title of your piece

  • the date or volume of the issue

  • the URL if it's not too long

If you have a professional portfolio, include copies of these publications there. For example:

Publications

  • Lai, Andrew K. H. “Contributing to the Community.” The Quebec Review, April 2018.

  • Lai, Andrew K. H. and Debra Maybin. “Workplace Ethics and Culture.” Business Journal, Volume 9, Winter 2020.

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Testimonials from clients

In some industries, like service industries, it may be helpful for potential employers to see testimonials from clients on your resume. Thoughtful testimonials can show how clients perceived your work and make you a uniquely qualified candidate for the job. You can include an endorsements section, add testimonials as a part of the job descriptions section, or right after it. For example:

Client Testimonials

  • Recognized by a recent bride for providing "Perfect arrangements of fresh-cut flowers ” that fit her budget.

  • “Rebecca always responded promptly and came up with creative solutions when we came across challenges while planning for the conference." - former client on timely communication and problem-solving

Job performance reviews

Positive feedback from your employer can be included on your resume to show that you can meet their expectations. If you receive a positive review from your manager during a job performance evaluation or upon completing a project, you can implement their words into bullet points in your work experience section. You can use their exact words to help you with your descriptions. For example:

Performance Review Feedback

Burger Palace, December 2020

  • Employed excellent leadership to manage a team that works well together even through stressful peak hours.

  • Achieved perfect attendance and punctuality for the full two years as an employee.

Hobbies

If some of your hobbies show that you're a good fit for the company's work culture you're applying for, you may include them on your resume. Carefully consider the job description and decide if your interests may enhance your work. For example, listing how you're a member of a community sports league shows teamwork and cooperation skills. For example:

Hobbies

  • Coach for my niece's team in a community bowling league

  • Freelance article writer

  • Member of a weekly Spanish-speaking community meetup, I love to practice and refine my Spanish while getting to know others better in the process.

Languages spoken

Being bilingual or proficient in a second language can be valuable for working with clients and shows your learning capacity. Ensure that you're honest when sharing your fluency level, as you may be expected to communicate at the level listed on your resume. You may include this information in the skills section. If you speak multiple languages, you can highlight this in a section dedicated to languages spoken like this:

Languages

  • Spanish, Full Professional Proficiency

  • Italian, Limited Working Proficiency

  • French, Limited Working Proficiency

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Charity or volunteer work

Including volunteer work on your resume can help show skills you have developed outside work to make you a good fit for the job. This is particularly true if you're applying for a job in industries that value empathy and outreach. You can also use this section to fill employment gaps on your resume. List these experiences in your professional experience section if they're ongoing or separately if you've worked many one-time events. For example:

Volunteer Work

  • Volunteer at Toronto's food bank each month

  • Help coordinate a canned food drive through my children's elementary school each Spring.


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