Resume Series: Part 5 – Education

This is the final post in a week long blog series that provides tips on how to develop each section of your resume. Previously, the focus has been on the heading, objective, summary, and work history. Today will focus on education. This series is to help prepare for the kick-off of our “Getting People to Work” series. As part of this project we will focus our efforts to bring together community resources, provide workshops in our offices and in our communities and plan hiring events in targeted geographic locations. We hope that you find this series helpful and that you will join us at one or more of our events!

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Resume: Education

When writing your resume, focus on the needs of the employer. Continually ask yourself, “What does the employer need?” and “What does the job description require?” to determine what information to include in your resume. This applies to your education section as well.

Format

Usually, education follows work history on your resume. However, if you’ve recently graduated and have little work experience, you can place your education before your work experience.

If you have more than one degree, list the most recent education first.

If you have two or more different types of education, such as degrees and certificates, consider separating into two headings: Education and Certifications.

Also, what you studied is more important than where you received that education. Therefore, place what you received before the school name. If you didn’t receive a diploma or certificate, then include relevant coursework.

You can choose whether or not to include the dates. Personally, I wouldn’t if I received my education over five years ago. However, I would take some free courses that relate to the career I am pursuing to show current knowledge. (Additional reading on free courses)

Here are some examples on how to write your education section.

Relevant Courses Only

Education
Business Courses, School Name, City, ST, 2013 – 2014
High School Diploma, School Name, City, ST

Degrees

Education
Pursuing MBA, Management, School Name, City, ST; Graduate May 2017
Bachelor of Arts, Management, School Name, City, ST
High School Graduate, School Name, City, ST

Degrees and Certificates

Certifications
Strategic Management Certificate, School Name, City, ST, 2014
Business Modeling & Decision Making Certificate, School Name, City, ST, 2012

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Management, School Name, City, ST
GED, School Name, City, ST

Remember, no matter how diverse your education, only include studies that pertain to the needs of the job lead or employer. And if you’re unsure, ask yourself, “How will this education benefit the employer or position?”

We hope that you have found this series beneficial to your job search and that you will join us for the events taking place as part of “Getting People to Work”. Happy Writing!

Josie Toth is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. After serving in the military, Josie utilized Workforce Solutions’ services. Her desire to help people led to an employment counselor position with Workforce Solutions, which she held for four years, until she found her niche as a Regional Facilitator.



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