How to handle the Education section of your resume

Make your resume shine – Writing the education section of your resume

When writing a resume, people often wonder just how to handle the education section. Should education go before the work history section or afterwards? Should a GPA be included? What about internships?

These are just some of the questions that people have.  The education section of your resume should be straightforward and easy to understand.

Here are some of our best tips and tricks to make sure that the education section of your resume really shines.

  • If you are less than 5 years out of college, list your education before your job history. If you are more than 5 years out of school list your education after your work history.
  • For each school, you should list the name of the school and its location by city and state. Include the country if outside the United States.
  • You should also include the degree level and type (e.g. Master in Science, PhD in Psychology, or Bachelor of Fine Arts), major or concentration, and the date of degree completion.
  • List your most recent degree first.
  • If you are still enrolled in college, list it but make sure to include the date of graduation and the degree expected. Example: Bachelor of Science, expected graduation May 2013 or Bachelor of Science, May 2013 (anticipated)
  • It is a good idea to list you GPA on your resume, but only if it is a 3.0 or higher. The GPA is an indicator of your performance during college. So pick your overall GPA or major GPA, whichever is higher.
  • Include academic honors, awards, scholarships, or any other scholastic accomplishments during college.
  • Internship or co-op experience can also be listed in the education section of your resume. Alternatively, you may choose to list them in the work experience section of your resume if you have no significant professional experience.
  • Campus activities, Honor societies or organizations should also be listed in this section. Include any leadership roles that you held.
  • Newer graduates can choose to list some courses from college, but make sure that any courses you include are relevant to your job search.
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