How to add education to a resume doesn't seem like a difficult task but if you have ever asked yourself whether your education should go at the top or the bottom of your resume or if you should include dates of graduation, then this video is for you. Learn how to best present your education on your resume.
- This section of the resume is easy. Throw your educational background at the top of the resume and move on, right? Well, do you put your education first? Or do you put it last? How much education should you include? What happens if you're in college and don't have a degree yet? Do you include your high school diploma? And what about certification courses or unfinished degrees? Let's tackle the easy stuff first. Assuming you have a college degree and work experience, place your education at the bottom of the resume.
But if you're a recent college grad with no work experience, then you'll place your education after your objective. You also might place your education near the top of your resume if you completed a new degree that helps you transition into a new industry. If you're currently enrolled in college courses and haven't completed a degree, you can place your education on the resume with an anticipated graduation date, but please, write the actual word "anticipated" on the resume, otherwise, you'll give the appearance that you have graduated, and can be considered less than truthful.
Alternatively, if you started a degree program and did not complete it, list the dates of attendance and highlight specific courses completed which are relevant to the job. Consider the example of a candidate of mine that listed a degree with no date. When you do that, the assumption is that you graduated. We moved forward with her as a candidate under that assumption. I assumed, the interviewer assumed, and it wasn't until a subsequent conversation when I asked further about her degree that she mentioned, "Well, I didn't actually graduate." Needless to say, she didn't get the job, and the employer wasn't happy that she wasted time interviewing her.
So now what about dates? Include them, don't include them? If you don't have much or any work experience, I recommend including your graduation date. Alternatively, if you have been out of school for a while, it's okay to leave the dates off. When completing an online application, you'll be required to include graduation dates at that time, but until then, feel free to leave it off your resume. I hope you still think writing the education section is relatively easy, and now you have some tools for those special circumstances, so go ahead and get started!
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for