Obviously, as you create your new resume, it will be important that you include your educational background and those things that you learned in a formalized setting. However, it is also vital that you think strategically about where to list that information and how to list that on your document. Keep reading for 5 tips on how to position your education for maximum results.
Tip #1 – List education after your professional history. Most often, your experience outweighs your educational background. The ONLY time I switch the order—putting education first—is when someone JUST graduated from college and has zero professional experience.
Tip #2 – Do not list dates with your education. At some point, putting an older date on your education will potentially cause age discrimination. And, honestly, there is no reason to list the date. Sometimes companies will ask for a transcript during the application process; if they do, then they will see the date at that point.
Tip #3 – Use the proper names of your degrees. For example, if it is a Bachelor degree, be sure to specify if it was a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. And, add the information regarding your major and minor.
Tip #4 – Use partial college credits to your advantage. I work with many individuals who attended college but didn’t graduate for a multitude of reasons. If that is the case, you can still list relevant coursework, number of credits earned, or the type of degree you were seeking.
Tip #5 – Workshops and continuing classes can be included in education. If you don’t have a college degree, but you received certificates or attended seminars, you can use that to show that you are a continuous learner and don’t settle for the status quo.
The education section is a significant part of your resume; just remember that it is important to show that you are an employee who also desires to learn more about your industry and is ready, willing, and able to undergo additional training. This is also a gentle reminder to keep track of the trainings, workshops, and seminars that you attend so you can list them on your future resume.
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