Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Putting Your Education to Work on Your Resume

by Nathaniel Davis
You can use your education on your resume to put you ahead of the competition. It doesn’t matter if you have a college degree or a GED; it is possible to showcase your education. Placement of your education is important in how you want to utilize it.
Where to Place Education
Depending on what you are trying to emphasize should dictate your placement
When highlighting your education, a good place is to list it in the “Objective” section as a career summary as well as list your certificates, degrees, and relevant training in the “Education.”
·         Experience should be the first thing a hiring manager sees if you have at least five or more years of experience that fulfills your goal. Education in the form of experience and accomplishments on your job are more interesting to hiring managers than your education.

·         Education should be the first thing seen if you recently graduated or have work experience less than five years. Changing careers and continuing you education to support the change should be listed first. Fields that are academic and or scientific focused sometimes look for education before experience.

Highlight educational credentials in the “Objective” and “Education” sections if you feel the need.
  • Current students or recent graduates should list their GPA only if it is not lower than a 3.0.
  • If your program is very challenging and unique, a lower GPA is acceptable to list.
  • For programs that do not utilize a 4.0 scale, it is important to list the scale as to avoid possible confusion.

The further you get in your career, the less important it becomes to list GPA and eventually removed.
  • Include academic honors to show you excelled in your program.
  • Give specific details such as type of program and what type of honor along with when achieved.

New Grads
Students and new grads with little related work experience should use the education section as the centerpiece of their resumes, showcasing academic achievements, extracurricular activities, special projects and related courses.
Degree Incomplete
  • Try not to list incomplete educational or abandoned programs. This gives the impression that you start things and don’t finish them.
  • If you feel the need to list incomplete or abandoned programs, then list the amount of credits completed or the study type began.

Experienced Job Seekers
If you are focusing more on experience than education, list the basic facts regarding your degree, including institution name, location, degree, major and date.
High School Information
High school or GED information is not necessary for inclusion if you have college credits and or a college degree or degrees.
Lack of Certain Educational Credentials

Just because you don’t have a degree or may be lacking certain education in reference to what HR is asking, then if you have participated in ongoing training, seminars, and courses creation of a “Professional Development” list in the Education section could satisfy the requirements.

Professional Development Highlights:
·         Global Marketplace Product Launch
·         E commerce Innovations
·         Selling the Vision of Change
·         Professional Management Program

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