Adding Education To A Resume

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How do you add educational experience to your resume? There are a number of facets of any resume that a potential employer considers significant in their process of determining if you are the right person for the position they have open. This said, education is one of these-in most cases, anyway.

Your educational experience shows a variety of things to an employer. Not only does it show that you have general and/or specialized education in areas of interest and/or fields of practice; but it also shows that you have the dedication, professionalism, and capability to learn, study, and meet goals required to get through school and win a degree, certification, or license. This said, how do you add this information to your professional resume to properly showcase what you have learned, and what you have to offer in the way of what you have learned? Below, we discuss the considerations any applicant should make when adding education to their resume.

1.What Kind of Education
The first question an applicant should ask themselves prior to adding educational experience to their resume is: what kind of education do I have to offer a potential employer? You may have only high school or a GED, maybe you have a Bachelors or Masters Degree from a college or university, or maybe you have other education to list, such as certifications, licenses, and/or coursework. In any of these cases, you need to know how to list education of varying kinds, to list your education properly.

•High School Degree/GED

If you do not have a college degree or coursework to offer, you should include your high school name, the degree, the years in which you studied there, major areas of study or coursework, extracurricular activities, and achievements. Remember, that in most fields, employers are looking for at least a couple years in college or higher education; and so if you only have a high school degree or GED, you need to dress up your experience there as much as possible, with any achievements and extracurricular activities to make you a competitive candidate.

•Associates Degree

If you have an Associates Degree in your given position and field, you should include it only-with no mention of high school degree-unless the high school was particularly impressive (such as a prestigious prep school) or had a focused study on whatever your field of career is. Include details about the name of the school you got your degree from, the name of the degree, major coursework or area of study, years attended, and any applicable achievements.

•Bachelors Degree

Though a Bachelors Degree is a four year degree and an Associates Degree two years; you should follow the same rule of thumb for including the information for your Bachelors Degree. Include from what school you received your degree, the name of the degree, your major/minor, years attended, related achievements, etc-and do not include any mention of high school. If you also have an Associates Degree to include, include that second in your education section; as experience should always be listed from most recent to least.

•Masters Degree and/or PhD

If you have a Masters or PhD in a specific area of study, include this first as it is most recent, and then go on to discuss your Bachelors Degree and any other education-but remember, that high school should not be included, unless it is the only education you have to offer. Same with Masters and PhD as regards what details you should include: major/minor, field of study, specific coursework, dates attended, achievements, and where you studied.

•Certifications, Licenses, and Coursework

If you have certifications or licenses in a particular field or area of study, you may wonder if you should include this in your education section. In most cases, you should not-as it is considered career training that is hands on-whereas, most often higher ed is not. This said, if you have certifications or licenses or have taken classes that are required of the position and career that you work in, include this information in a section entitled Professional Certifications and Licenses. If these certifications and classes are not directly required of your position, but could be helpful in either a direct or indirect manner to your career, include this information in the section of your resume entitled Achievements and Other Skills (or something to this effect). Include all information that you would include in education, such as: duration of course, where you received training, what the certification or accreditation was called, and any other achievements and skills that are related.

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