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Put Your Education to Work on Your Resume

Put Your Education to Work on Your Resume

Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

Whether you’re a Harvard-educated MBA or recently obtained your GED, you can use your resume’s education section to outshine your competition. If you are unsure about the best way to present your education, here are some common scenarios and strategies:

Where to Place Education?

The best placement depends on what you are trying to emphasize.

• Place experience before education if you have five or more years of experience related to your goal. Hiring managers will be more interested in your job accomplishments than your education.
• Place education before experience if you are a recent graduate or have less than five years of work experience. If you are changing careers and have continued your education to support your new goal, education should come first. Academic and scientific professionals typically place education before experience on their CVs.

Is Your Resume in Shape?

1. When did you last update your resume?

The last time I looked for a job
Within the last month or so
Years ago

On your Monster resume, the Resume Builder will place your education after experience. If you need to highlight educational credentials, use the “Objective” section as a career summary and mention your relevant education and training both here and in the designated “Education” section.

The GPA

If you are a student or recent graduate, list your GPA if it is 3.0 or higher. Consider including a lower GPA if you are in a very challenging program. Add your major GPA if it’s higher than your overall GPA. If your school doesn’t use the standard 4.0 scale, avoid confusion by listing the scale (e.g. GPA: 4.1/4.5). As your career progresses, college GPA becomes less important and can be removed.


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