Tips for Writing Your Resume’s Education Section

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Inc. reports that on average any job opening attracts up to 250 resumes. They are all polished and well-structured.

People demonstrate how hiring them can solve company’s problems and why their level of expertise is exactly what a company lacks.

However, only one out of these 250 will get the job. So, you need to write a resume that makes you the best candidate for the position.

No matter whether you are a student trying to make his way into the career, or an experienced professional, every single part of your resume counts.

That includes the education section.

If you think that there is no secret about writing this section right, then you obviously missed something very important. And to help you out, we have decided to introduce you to several factors to bear in mind when writing this section. So, sit up and pay attention: we are about to share things you need to know!

Things to pay attention to when writing an education section on your resume:

Tips for Writing Your Resume's Education Section
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  1. Start with the highest degree first

    If you are a high school student, then mention the school you went to. But if you have obtained a degree higher than that, start with it and move backward.

    Professionals say that if you have a Master’s degree, you do not need to include your high school into the education section. While with Bachelor’s degree and lower, it is mandatory.

    So, simply copy the name of the educational establishment you studied at last using chicago/turabian citation style and save it in this order.

  2. Start with education

    But this is only relevant if you have less than four years of work experience (this is particularly the case for recent graduates and students). But if you have worked for five or more years, then start with the experience and only then add the education part.

    This helps the potential employers see how good you are as a professional and whether they will have to train you before you start taking your first career steps.

  3. Mention the credits if you haven’t finished the education

    If for some reason you haven’t finished your education, then in this section you are to mention how many credits you took and what you majored in.

    This is a trick many job seekers use to show that they still are a perfect fit for the company even though technically they haven’t graduated (whatever the reasons behind that are).

    So, it should start with the name of the educational establishment, and continue with the number of credits and the specialization.

  4. Do not lie on the education section

    If you have not finished the education, do not lie about it. You can use the trick above, but do not lie.

    Not only it is immoral, but also when the employer finds out it’s a lie, your reputation and good name is ruined. And that is not the exact turn of events you want to see.

    So, be able to take up the responsibility and tell the truth.

  5. Mention your GPA only higher than 3.0

    It depends on the employer, but the rule of a thumb is that you should not include your GPA if it is lower than 3.0.

    Some employers specifically ask for it in a follow-up letter, but unless you are asked for it stick to this rule.

  6. Do not get discouraged

    If your resume does not look really impressive to you, do not feel discouraged. Your resume is not only about the education.

    Remember that many famous people that founded huge successful companies did not have a proper education. They used their talent and never gave up. And you should not too!

    You might not only highlight other aspects of your resume to focus the potential employer’s attention on something else, but also use your creativity to demonstrate impressive skills and talent apart from the college degree on your CV.

Finding a job is not easy, and every little detail on your resume counts. However, you can make it impressive if you use our tips and apply them to your resume writing.

Besides, this information is topical for career changers. If you are thinking about changing the career path, listing your courses and all the credits is vital.

It is not a problem that you have no experience in this particular area as long as you put it right. And ways we mentioned above are those ways you are looking for.

What does your education section in a resume look like? Any specific advice to our readers? We would love to hear from you!

Author’s Bio

Kevin is a professional educator and a private tutor with over 8 years of experience. He is also a content writer for various blogs about higher education, entertainment, social media & blogging. Currently, Kevin works as a part-time writer for EliteEssayWriters. During his off time, Kevin enjoys traveling and cooking. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter, Linkedin & Google+.

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