Resumania™: Does Your Education Section Make the Grade?

Education on a Resume

It’s back-to-school season. As students across the country return to the classroom, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at the education section of your resume. Here are the ABCs of writing and formatting your academic credentials:

  • Keep it concise. Include the institution you attended, the degree earned and the month and year you graduated.If you have a college degree, omit any information about your high school education.
  • As you gain professional experience, move the education section further down your resume.
  • Only include your grade-point average if it’s truly impressive and you’re a recent graduate.
  • Proofread carefully. (You’d be surprised at how many applicants misspell their alma mater!)

The following job candidates didn’t earn academic honors for these education-related goofs:

“EDUCATION: Perused degrees in human resources.

After close inspection, did you decide to pursue one?

“EDUCATION: Enough to get the job.”

We’ll be the judge of that.

“EDUCATION: Some college.”

Which one?

“GPA: 94 percent.”

We are 100 percent confused.

“EDUCATION: Graduate in 3010.”

We probably can’t hold the position open that long.

Have you seen any good resume or cover letter goofs? Send examples to [email protected].

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