Honors – Inside Information, Examples, Q&A


Honors and awards are a great way of demonstrating important accomplishments and achievements for which you were recognized. Most of your resume will be a subjective representation of your skills, abilities, and accomplishments. An honor or award is proof of your success and adds solid, objective credibility to your resume.

Your impressive achievements should be listed throughout your resume. However, if you want to draw special attention to a few specific achievements and awards, then add an Honors and Awards section. This gives you an opportunity to focus the reader on your recognized achievements.

List all applicable professional and educational honors. You may want to include some detail if the award or honor is not easily recognizable to the reader. Avoid abbreviations that may not be clear – use “Summer Promotion Qualifier Award” rather than “SPQA Award.”

Listing your Awards and Recognition

Make sure you describe the honor or award if it is not self-explanatory.  Also, try to give your potential employer a sense of the competitiveness of the selection process. If you participated in a research and development project and were partially responsible for a discovery, invention, patent, or other innovation, include mention of this work in your Honors section or include a section titled “Publications and Patents.”

Specific Advice for Students

Activities and honors demonstrate that you have made the most out of your college experience, taking advantage of clubs, organizations and/or athletics as well as your school’s academic resources. Describing your extra-curricular activities can demonstrate positive personal characteristics in demand by today’s employers. You can also show that you have developed organizational and leadership skills.

If you are not including and Honors an Activities section, and have received an Educational honor or award, it should be listed under the proper degree in the Education section.

Honors - Examples



• Received First Quarter Promotion in Market Award in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009.

• Consistently won Top Agent of the Month awards for various months 2003-2009.

• During 2008, was awarded Top 5 in Region for Sales in a Product Line.

• In 2008 and 2007, received Summer Promotion Qualifier Award.

• In 2006, secured Top Commercial Insurance Sales Award in Market, Top Agent in Sales in Market, and Spirit of Eagle Award given to select agents for outstanding agency production and practices.

• Honor Ring Winner awarded from a period of 2000 to 2006.

• From 1990-1995, was commended by company with awards such as Agent of the Month (for both Profitability and Sales), 68th Place in Territory for Life Sales (2003), Fall Life Winner in Market for Life Sales (1st Place-2000; 3rd Place-2001), and Summer Promotion Winner (1st Place-1992).

• Interviewed for Company’s trade journal in 2006 as a new agent for an industry-related article.



• Achieved 97% to 100% on time performance reports from two large accounts

• Spirit Award presented to Administrative Department – 2008

• 10 year Service Award in grateful recognition of dedication, commitment and service – 2007

• Outstanding Performance Award – 2004

• Certificate of Honor for Achievement in Office – 2003

• Employee of the year – 2001

• Turned around Service Billing backup from 4 months to 3 weeks


• Letter of Commendation. 2006

• Meritorious Unit Commendation. 2006

• Letter of Appreciation, Hampton Roads Center for the Arts. 2006

• Letter of Appreciation. Commanding Officer, USS Enterprise. 1998



Awarded two Army Achievement Medals from the Unites States Army:

Excellence in the line of duty – Kosovo Ribbon w/ Bronze Star: Combat operations during Task Force Falcon – Nato Ribbon: Serving in an Overseas War – Good Conduct Medal: 3 years exceptional service – Driver Badge: Over 15,000 accident-free miles in combat theatre – Afghanistan Bronze Star and Combat Patch: Combat Operations during Operation Enduring Freedom – Multiple Foreign Parachutists Badges: Completion of Multi-National Airborne Operations



“Pride Equals Performance” Award  (1993, 1997, 2002)

LIFE Merit Award – 15 honors (1993-2010)

Certificates and Commendations – 40 distinctions (1993-2010)

Honors - Questions & Answers

Should I use a separate section for Honors and Awards?

If you have a significant number of impressive achievements, awards or special recognition (all related to your job target) that you wish to draw attention to, then you will want to create a separate section for your honors and awards. Otherwise, it is a good strategy to intermix honors and awards with your accomplishment, experience and education statements that appear throughout your resume.

What if the name of my award is abbreviated or unclear?

If your award was abbreviated or the name of the award is unclear, be sure to describe the nature of the recognition to ensure the employer understands the relevance to your career field. Avoid abbreviations that may not be clear – use “Summer Promotion Qualifier Award” rather than “SPQA Award.”