How to Fill Out the Education Part of a Job Application

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Education sections of job applications typically ask for much of the same information. Some applications may be more detailed than others, however. To facilitate the process, you should have a list of all of your degrees, schools, dates of attendance, majors, certifications and awards available when you fill out a job application.

  • Fill in the information from your most recent school, training or degree first. Work backward to your first educational experience.

  • Include all schools and institutions you attended where you earned a degree or certification, whether professional, academic or vocational. If you want to, you can also include other training programs or colleges you attended where you did not earn a degree or certification. This might be the case if you attended community college for two years and then transferred to a four-year college.

  • Write the name of your schools in the appropriate box on the job application. If requested, include the city and state of the location. If you attended school in a foreign country, include the city and country. Also include the dates you attended school.

  • Include the major or main course of study for each school or institution you attended. If you are a recent graduate and some of your coursework pertains directly to the job for which you are applying, include the names of the courses if the application has room for them. You may also be asked how many hours you took in your major field of study.

  • Include any awards you won or honors you received at the part of the application where you are asked about other skills, abilities, hobbies and awards as well as any activities you are involved in outside work and school.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan to enroll in college soon, include the name of the college as well as the date you plan to enroll. This should be your first educational section entry.

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