How to list awards and qualifications on your resume

One of the best ways to highlight your accomplishments on a resume is to list them. But how do you list awards and qualifications on your resume?

Luckily, there are standard ways to list achievements relevant to your job hunt. Keep reading to learn more about how to list awards and other relevant qualifying factors. 

List them where you received them

If you got an award in college or received employee of the month at one of your jobs, you want to be sure to list them under their respective areas.

For instance, say you worked at Joe’s Electronic Shop. When it comes time to write your job role and responsibilities, leave a bullet point at the end to highlight that you were Salesman of the Month in July of 2020, it might also be helpful to list what substantial accomplishments helped you get the award. 

Additionally, if you got your award at school, you’ll want to list it under your education section with the corresponding school. 

Why does this award matter?

Awards are even more impressive if you quantify them. If you were chosen out of thousands of students or employees, that’s a huge deal. 

Make sure to include the details of the award, so your future employer knows why it matters. 

Relevancy is important

Ony list awards relevant to your career goals and the positions you’ll be applying for. 

If you received several awards for track and field, but you’re looking for accounting jobs, it doesn’t make sense to list those awards. You want to leave space for the relevant information that will help you land the job!

Stick to action words

Like everything else on your resume, you should stick to action words when describing your awards. Consider phrases like Recognized, Achieved, Accomplished, and Awarded

Like we mention in our article about descriptive words, action words are much more likely to draw attention. 

Types of Awards to Include

With so many parameters around awards, you might be wondering which ones to include on your resume. Again — it’s important to ensure the award is relevant to your potential career path. But here are some that are great to highlight:

  • Academic awards and achievements
  • Scholarships
  • Job-related recognitions
  • Employee of the Month
  • Community awards
  • Volunteer work awards and activities

If you receive an award you feel highlights your unique skills and accomplishments, make sure to include it on your resume. After all, getting recognition for an achievement is a major plus for potential employers. 

Awards are a great way to highlight your achievements and show future hiring managers your capabilities. As you work to update your resume, decided which awards make the most sense and add them alongside your education or past work experience.