High School Coursework Resume

About a week ago, I received a resume from a job seeker interested in a technical sales position one of my recruiting clients has available.

All was going well—until I reached the education section of his resume.

Many job seekers put their resume writing energy into creating the bulk of their resume: the experience and skill sections.

As a result, the education section becomes a bit of an afterthought.

Here’s what it said: School of Life, Multiple Locations I wanted to admire his creativity, I really did. And truthfully, there aren’t unbendable laws on it.

But instead, I just felt sort of annoyed and duped. But to avoid this job seeker’s mistake (and others), here are a few bits of advice on how to best manage this piece of your resume: Most of us have stuff in our past that we’d like to disguise on our resumes.

But with applicant tracking systems parsing resumes and analyzing for job description requirements, more attention (and better formatting) should be paid.

However, if you have a degree from a prestigious university or one that may serve as an advantage for the types of positions you’re pursuing, consider listing your education at the beginning of your resume instead.This challenge becomes even more daunting when you have to strategize on something sensitive or complex, like having no degree or a non-completed degree. If you more recently completed coursework specific to social media or digital marketing, list that first to grab the reviewer’s attention.And then there’s the whole, “Where do I put my education on the resume, top or bottom? Unless you’re a recent graduate (one to three years out of school), you really don’t need to list the graduation dates.Jenny Foss is a career strategist, recruiter, and the voice of the popular career blog Job Based in Portland, OR, Jenny is the author of the Ridiculously Awesome Resume Kit and the Ridiculously Awesome Career Pivot Kit.If you attended one or two colleges before landing at the one from which you graduated, it’s not necessary to list them all out.Again, the degree is what the reviewer is looking for, not an autobiographical account of the four colleges you hopped to and from before finally graduating.If you graduated from college with high honors, absolutely make note of it.While you don’t need to list your GPA (especially if it’s under 3.5 or if you’ve been out of school for more than three years), don’t be afraid to showcase that status or the fact that you were in the honors college at your university.You’ve earned a professional degree (i.e., law, medical, dental, etc.) from an accredited academic institution.If you’re currently completing your degree, select the degree and enter in the expected degree completion date.

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