Education Information

When crafting your resume education information should be displayed somewhere on the page. Learn where it should go here.

Introduction

Education Sample

After your work experience, the next most important factor that hiring managers look at on your resume is your educational background. Very often, there will be an education requirement for the job you want. To make sure a hiring manager knows that you meet this requirement, you should always include an education section on your resume.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to craft your educational background and what information you should include.

Education information

The education section tells an employer if you meet the educational requirements for a particular position. All resumes should include an education section, regardless of the level of education you have achieved.

To highlight your education, put this section directly below your career objective or summary of qualifications. To de-emphasize it, put this section last. To see examples of different ways to present your educational background on your resume, see the profiles below.

Ashley

Ashley is a recent graduate with work experience that is not in her career field, therefore she has placed her education toward the top of her resume before her work experience. Her education includes the name of the college, location, date of graduation and degree awarded. She has also listed her high Grade Point Average of 3.75. However, you do not have to list your GPA on your resume, especially if it is low. Recent graduates may also wish to describe their program of study along with a list of relevant coursework as Ashley has done.

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Zachary

Zachary listed his education at the bottom of his resume because he has extensive work experience and it has been some time since he graduated. If you have more than one degree, as Zachary does, then you should list them in chronological order. Notice that Zachary does not include the dates he earned his degrees. Some hiring managers use your date of graduation to determine your approximate age and may discriminate against you based on your age. You may choose to not include your graduation dates if you think it will be a disadvantage.

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Georgia

Georgia's education includes not only her degree, but also her more recent certifications. She has listed her education chronologically, but you may also choose to list certifications under a separate heading. Make sure you include the school/organization name, location and certification awarded for any non-degree educational program. Georgia also chose to list the awards, achievements and prominent positions she held while she was earning her Bachelor's degree in addition to her major and minor.

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You try it!

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Open your My Resume document to complete this activity. Enter your own information into this document as we progress through each part of the lesson. Begin by following the instructions below.

You will be working only in the Education portion of this document for this activity. Please refer to the following picture:

Replace the template text with your own information. Be sure to remove the brackets as you are replacing text.

  1. If desired, change the name of this section to reflect what you are including. Some suggested titles are:
    • Educational Background
    • Education and Training
    • Education and Professional Development
  2. Replace the [Month, Year] with the name of the month and the year you completed (or expect to complete) your education.
  3. Enter the name of the school you attended in the [Name of School or Institution] placeholder. Use full names of the schools, such as Eastern College instead of the abbreviation EC.
  4. Include the city and state where you attended the program in place of the [City, ST] placeholder. Use state abbreviations.
  5. Enter the name of your degree or program in the [Degree, Award, or Honor] placeholder. This can include those earned at traditional two- and four-year universities, community colleges, educational institutions (such as GCFLearnFree.org) and vocational training, Armed Forces training, certifications, workshops, and high school diplomas or GEDs (if you are new to job market or don't have any additional training). For example, B.A., Communications, A.A., Marketing, or Certificate, Construction Management.
    • If you are a recent graduate, you may want to include your GPA if it is noteworthy.
    • If you are in the process of earning your degree, list it along with your anticipated date of completion.
    • If you are including high school on your resume, you can simply use the word Graduated or include a specialty area or honors you received.
  6. Include any additional schooling or professional development you may have completed as well.
  7. Save and close the file. You will be adding to it as you progress through the lessons in this unit.

For workshops or training programs, include the workshop and provider name, location, and dates attended.