Resume Tips: Education on a Resume

The following tips include how to present your education on a resume. This includes whether you have a college degree or not.

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#1. Experience First, Education Second

Chances are, your last couple of jobs are more important and relevant to you getting the job than where you went to college. Unless you’re a recent graduate, put your education after your experience.

#2. Reverse Chronological Order

Traditionally you should list your educational background from the most recent or advanced degree and work backward. However, if older educational information is more specific to the job you are applying for, list that first.

#3. Don’t List the Dates

Don’t list your graduation dates. The interviewer only that you have a degree not when you earned it.

#4. Honors before GPA

If you achieved high honors in college be sure to highlight that. While you don’t need to list your GPA, don’t be afraid to showcase that summa cum laude status.

#5. Don’t Forget Continuing Education, Online Courses, and Certifications

Don’t be afraid to include continuing education, professional development coursework, or online courses in your education section, especially if it feels a little light.

For additional resume tips please see:

Tips on How to Format a Resume

Resume Work Experience Tips

Resume Tips: How to tell your story

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