Your Education - Your Resume

Presenting your education the right way
in your resume is so important

As you have probably read numerous times by now, making an impact with your resume is the only way to get an interview. The employer doesn't know who you are. You can't speak face to face, so this single piece of paper has to highlight what makes you THE PERFECT CANDIDATE for the job you want.

If it would work, you could try standing on the busiest street corner you know and hold up this sign:
Of course, you may not get the job you want, but you might at least get an offer or two. Who might even make a few dollars.

The education section of your resume is one area that can be placed in a couple of places on your resume depending upon how well it enhances your qualifications.

Where you choose to list this section depends a lot on what you want to emphasize to the employer. If you attended or graduated from a highly recognized school (ivy league, for instance), made fantastic grades, studied in the field you are pursuing, then you may want to list your education before you list your work-related experience.

On the other hand, if you have achieved a lot by working and have a great set of skills that fit well with the needs of the employer or do not have much education, then you will want to list your work-related experience before stating your educational background.

Presentation is everything

Everything you put on your resume is placed with the employer's needs in mind. What is most likely to get the attention you need in order to get a phone call for an interview?

What the employer is looking should be "ever-present" in your mind.
Everything you put on your resume should be focused on that goal.

Impressing the employer is what will get you an interview.

What you list in this section of your resume includes your most recent education. List your education in reverse chronological order (most recent is listed first). If you do not have a college degree or haven't taken any college courses, list your high school education. If your GPA was relatively high, list that, too.

Be sure to write out the name(s) of the school(s) you attended.

For example:
SIUE should be written out as "Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville".

Be sure to do the same for any degrees conferred upon you.

For example:
Your B.S.B.A. should be written out as "Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration".

A note on "playing by the rules": When writing your resume, ensure that you are stating your background in language that is clear and easy to understand. If you present yourself in a format that is uncommon or difficult to follow, the employer will probably not spend too much time looking it over. People who are responsible for the hiring process are results-oriented. When they select candidates who shine and perform well above the standards in their chosen position, they make everyone look good. Hiring managers are not going to take a chance on someone who doesn't "play by the rules". Too much is at stake.

In a nutshell, make the most of the space on your resume paper and list your education (and other information) in a recognized format using clearly understood words. Make it as easy on the employer as possible to find the information he/she needs in order to make an informed decision.

If you are finished reading the Education section, click here to go back to the Resume Outline page

Follow this link to the Resume Objective page

Click here to read about the Work Experience section of the resume 

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