Resume Part 5 – 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.


Usually, education follows work history on your resume. However, if you’re a recent graduate 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.

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

Relevant Courses Only

Business Courses, School Name, City, ST
High School Diploma, School Name, City, ST


Pursuing MBA, Management, School Name, City, ST
Bachelor of Arts, Management, School Name, City, ST
High School Graduate, School Name, City, ST

Degrees and Certificates

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

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?”


Josie Toth is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions. She facilitates job search skills and career exploration classes in the 13-county Houston-Galveston area. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and enjoys encouraging others in their pursuit of meaningful work.

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Workforce Solutions provides comprehensive human resource services for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. Workforce Solutions helps employers solve workforce-related business problems and area residents build careers, so that both can better compete in the changing worldwide economy. Our Employer Service Division provides personalized service to help employers find qualified applicants for their jobs, build the skills and expertise of their new and current employees, and address human resource needs. We operate multiple community-based career offices in 13 Texas Gulf Coast counties to help residents get a job, keep a job or get a better job – offering placement, career counseling and financial aid services. We partner with the region’s businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations and community leaders to find solutions to current and future labor needs of industries that are vital to the region and its economy.

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