Dealing With Education On Your Resume
Countless jobseekers ask us the question of how to portray education on a resume if they have not finished their degree. One of the most common pain points for a job seeker is the feeling of going up against myriad other job seekers with more degrees, more professional training, more completed courses – you name it.
In fact, our 30+ years have taught us that when it comes down to the finish line, practical, hands-on, on-the-ground experience trumps theory every time. Does that mean that education isn’t valuable? Absolutely not! Your degree will give you just one more rung on the belt, especially if it is in your field.
Having said this, here are some tips to keep in mind when discussing your education – both on and off your resume:
- Education should be placed at the bottom of the resume. This is a bone of contention for some candidates, and an understandable one. You’ve paid a lot for your education, you’ve worked hard for your education – and many of you have done it while working a full-time job. It’s nothing to sneeze at. However – you’ve done a lot in your career too. Employers want to see the practical experience you have leveraged in your past positions. They’ll read your education, but putting it at the top of your resume indicates a more junior level application.
- When in doubt, put your degree initials after your name at the top of your resume. If you have a long career history and are worried that employers won’t get to your education, or if you have most recently completed a degree that directly relates to your next position (such as a mid-career MBA when you intend to transition to finance), put the letters after your name. It’s not redundant – you want employers to see your achievements.
- If your education is incomplete. List the name of the school, the degree you are obtaining, and the location. Follow this up by the year, and then in parenthesis, write “expected.” It’s a short item that doesn’t stand out, but creates honestly and credibility on your resume. In addition, employers can see that you are striving to better your professional career.
At the end of the day, do your best to create a resume that highlights your education while bringing your practical experience to the forefront. If you have a unique situation or want to consult with the professionals, contact Resume2Hire, the premier national resume writing service, for direct, one-on-one advice from their certified professional resume writers. They’ll be able to let you know the ups, downs, and everything else about portraying education on your resume – whether it’s continuing education, incomplete education, or additional degrees. Every candidate is different, and everyone can benefit from direct, individual advice.
- Todd Goldstein
Todd Goldstein has been in the recruitment industry for over 15 years and is the President of Resume2Hire, a resume writing firm that provides affordable resume and cover letter writing services from entry level to mid-management. Resume2Hire will review and analyze your information and you'll receive a first draft via email within 72 hours after placing an order. You then have an opportunity to provide feedback and they'll make any necessary revisions until you are completely satisfied. To learn more, visit Resume2Hire today.
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