Resume Writing Blog Series - Part Four - Education and Wrap-Up

Posted by Amanda Wencel on Saturday, June 25th, 2016

In this 4-week blog series, I have been breaking down each component of writing a marketing resume to provide practical tips on how to catch the employer’s attention, create interest in your abilities, and increase your chances for an interview.  This is the last week in the series, Part Four, and I will discuss your education section, as well as a final wrap up.

RESUME WRITING BLOG SERIES

Part Four: Education and Wrap-Up

Typically the education section of your resume will come directly after your employment history.  However, there are variations to this practice.  To understand where to put the Education section on your resume, it’s important to know the requirements of the positions you are applying for.  If the educational components of the job posting are stressed as the most important factors of the position, it’s wise to put your education history prior to your work history.  Or, if you are a recent graduate with less work experience, you should focus your highlights on your educational accomplishments followed by your work and volunteer history.

In either case, your educational section should be concise and listed in reverse order with your most recent schooling listed first.  It is important to include the name of the course/diploma/degree that you possess, as well as the name of the institution and the date completed.  Listing dates allows for the reader to understand your full history in chronological order.  If your schooling is more than 15 years old, it is not necessary to include dates.

The education section can be another area for you to shine!  It is not just a place to put your bachelor’s degree or high school diploma.  Change is a constant in our lives and continuous learning must be a constant activity in our work lives.  Employers are looking for unique knowledge that you can offer them.  They may also be looking for ways to save money by hiring people who are already trained in programs they utilize.  Perhaps you have taken workshops or courses that keep you current with the demands of their marketplace.

Research the positions you are applying for and tailor your material to the jobs.  For example, if you are applying for a sales manager position, it would likely be unnecessary to include previous first aid training that you completed.  Here are some ideas to get you thinking about items for your education section:

• degrees/diplomas obtained
• certifications obtained
• workshops or conferences attended
• specialty training courses like First Aid/CPR, etc.
• computer training or expertise in computer programs/software; include in-house programs

After you’ve organized your education information, you can also include other information that you feel necessary to share in order to highlight your abilities and experience.  If you have only one or two entries, it is best that you add them to your education section and then the title of that section can be changed to Professional Development.  If you have multiple entries, you can give these sections their own headings.  Remember to keep these items relevant to your job search and list them if they will add to your interest profile, rather than take up valuable space.


For example:

• Are you a member of a board?
• Do you have a professional membership or designation?
• Is writing a component of your desired position?  If yes, perhaps you have a social media presence (i.e. blog) that you can link the reader to.
• Are you involved in community affairs or volunteer associations?
• Have you received any awards?

At this point, you have established your Summary Statement, Selected Accomplishments, Employment History and Education sections of your resume.  Now it’s time to EDIT and PROOFREAD.  This should be where you spend a considerable amount of time because as Allison Vannest writes in the “grammarly blog” (https://www.grammarly.com/blog/importance-proofreading-resume/), “recruiters only spend an average of six seconds reviewing your resume.  You have a very small window in which to wow them, and in this competitive job market, even the smallest mistake can be enough to knock you out of the running.”

Here is an excellent article about preparing your resume from the eyes of an editor:
https://www.themuse.com/advice/an-editors-guide-to-perfecting-your-resume

This article wraps up my four-week resume writing blog series.  Thank you so much for following me, and I hope that I’ve helped you to understand the resume writing process a bit more clearly, and assisted you in highlighting your unique skills!  If you are still looking for more assistance, please feel free to contact me anytime for a personal assessment.

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