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How to Highlight Education on Your Resume

Written by Ashworth College on Monday, 05 August 2019. Posted in Life Hacks

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Your education is important and employers know it, too. Showcasing your schooling on your resume gives companies some understanding on whether or not you’re a good fit for the role they’re trying to fill. You want to make sure your education is listed effectively to set yourself apart from other candidates. Here’s how to show off your smarts.

What employers are looking for

Every employer is different and what they’re looking for on your resume may depend on the type of job you’re applying for. From entry-level jobs to management positions, your resume will need to be tailored depending on the level of detail they will need to feel comfortable hiring you. For any position, you’ll want to add your college degree. However, if you’re applying for management positions or something beyond entry-level, hiring managers may be seeking more. They will likely be looking for college experience in the field you’re applying or even a master’s degree. The most important thing to remember is to be honest. Employers may conduct background checks or look into the validity of your education. Stretching the truth may hurt your chances of getting hired.

Flaunt your education

You got it, flaunt it. You worked hard to reach your educational goals. That’s why you should make sure you’re showing off your education correctly and in the right place on your resume. If you just graduated from college, your education should come first—after your contact information and summary on your resume. You should also include the year you graduated and the degree you earned. While it’s not entirely necessary, you can also include your GPA if you’re proud of it. For example:

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (August 2019)
GPA 3.8

On the other hand, if you’ve been working in the field for a few years, your experience is more relevant than your education. In this case, your education would be placed after your experience on your resume. Also, your GPA isn’t as relevant, so delete it.

How to list education in progress

Even if you’re not finished with your degree you can still apply for jobs. Simply list the work you’ve done and when you anticipate graduating on your resume. This shows employers specific coursework you’re studying that may be relevant to the job. This information should be placed under your contact information and summary on your resume. For example:

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Early Childhood Education, diploma anticipated August 2019
Relevant Coursework: Human Growth and Development II

Use Ashworth’s resources

Ashworth has resources designed to help you succeed. With Ashworth EDGE graduates can receive career services. This toolkit features templates you can use for your job hunt such as a resume builder and mock job applications. This way, you can make sure your resume is in tip-top shape when it’s time to shine.

Further your education to boost your resume

After you’ve polished your education, make sure the rest of your resume is ready to go before you start searching for a career. And remember, you can stand out and stay up to date on industry standards by expanding your resume. Start pursuing a degree, certificate, or career diploma with Ashworth College and give your resume the boost it needs. Start your journey by talking with an Admissions Advisor at .

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