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.”
“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].