Every resume is expected to include education information, so what do you do if you don't have any? Stacey Gordon will walk you through how to write a resume with no college education as well as whether high school information should be included. Learn how to tailor your education for the job you're applying to.
- Have you ever applied to a job that asked for a specific degree, which you didn't have, but you applied anyway because you really wanted the job? Education, or the lack thereof, can be a make or break situation. When working as a recruiter there were many times where a degree was a non-negotiable requirement. Either the candidate had it or they didn't. If they didn't we moved on. So what do you do if you don't have a degree? Do you just give up? Do you include your high school diploma or a high school equivalency? These days recruiters generally assume that you will have some type of education past high school, even if it's an associates level degree.
Therefore it's unnecessary to include any education relating to your high school on your resume. If you have not included an education section on the resume the assumption will be that you completed high school, but not college. The exception to this would be if you're enrolled in college after high school and you're applying for an internship. But even then there is a savvier way to indicate this, which consists of including your college information without a graduation date and the words anticipated or expected graduation date.
If you don't have a college degree, but did graduate with a high school diploma or high school equivalency then I recommend including any alternative training in education. This can include job related training, certification programs, seminars, conferences attended, online learning, and self-directed study. What about the instance where you have a degree, but not the major they want? An accounting major is required, but you majored in finance.
Do you submit anyway or move on? What if they ask for a four year degree, but yours is a two year degree? In the example of the accounting major you would submit anyway, but you would utilize the various sections of your resume to showcase your accounting prowess. If you have actual work experience as an accountant that would be helpful, as well as any volunteer experience where you performed accounting duties, additional courses you may have taken in accounting, and any awards or achievements earned related to accounting.
The same is true for your two year degree when asked for a four year degree. You're close enough to meeting the requirements and as long as you can show some additional work that has been done I say submit away. I hope you're starting to see how the various sections of your resume work together to tell a story to the reader. When it comes to education it's up to you to make the case that you meet the requirements of the job and your resume is the tool to help you do that.
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