How to Mention Education Credentials on a Resume

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Organizing the information on a resume in a way that grabs the attention of a recruiter can sometimes prove to be challenging. Completing the educational qualifications portion is a common area where people make mistakes simply because it really depends on the individual's strengths. Mention your education credentials on your resume with care because it can be an essential element in the recruitment process.

  • List your work experience and educational background on two separate sheets of paper. Compare the two lists and determine which one is more relevant to the job you are interested in. This is your area of strength and you should list it at the top of your resume.

  • Position the educational credentials on your resume. Use the following guidelines: If you have limited work history but you have a degree, mention the degree at the top right after the contact information and career objectives. If you have more than five years of work experience and a degree, list your work history before your degree. If you have work experience and no degree, but you have certifications or coursework relevant to your career objectives, list them at the bottom of your resume right after your work history. If you are currently pursuing a diploma or a degree, mention it after any relevant work experience.

  • Format your educational credentials. Provide the following basic information: name and location of school or institution; the degree program and specialization; your GPA, but only if it is 3.0 or higher; and special accomplishments, such as dean's list or class valedictorian.

  • List your educational credentials chronologically. Place your most recent education accomplishment first.

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