How to Include Education on Your Resume

August 14th, 2014

Education is a very important feature employers look for on your resume. While each job requires varying levels of education, most every employer expects to see a section dedicated to your schooling. However, there are a number of different ways to present this information.

The education level you’ve attained and your years of experience working in the field play a large role in determining where to position this section and how much detail to include. It’s important to organize it properly to meet the expectations of the hiring manager.

How to Include Education on Your Resume

Need a little help with the education section of your resume? Use the following information to determine exactly what level of detail to include and where to position it on your resume to portray you in the best possible manner:

  1. Recent Grads: If you graduated college during the past three years, chances are you don’t have an extensive career history to showcase. Therefore you’ll want to make your education the focus of your resume by placing it first, before your work experience. Include your GPA only if it was 3.0 or higher. If you earned academic honors or were involved in any on-campus extracurricular activities, be sure to mention those as well.
  2. Experienced Professionals: Even if you have an Ivy League education, it’s important to showcase your professional experience first and your education history second, as this is what employers expect from candidates at your level. List your highest level of education first, to make it stand out. It’s up to you whether you want to include graduation dates or leave them off.
  3. Candidates with an Incomplete Degree: Completing some college is better than none at all, so be sure to mention it on your resume even if you didn’t graduate. List the dates you attended, the number of credits you earned, and the major you were pursing. Add your high school graduation dates after this information to show that you do have a high school degree.

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