Including an education, or credentials, section in a resume adds to the marketability of the document. This is typically a listing of post-secondary education, but should include a high school diploma if that is the highest level attained.
While some publications advocate positioning the education section of a resume towards the end of the document, experts generally agree this information is better placed near the beginning of the resume.
Advertisements for job openings often include the requirements of a position, such as academic degrees. If employers believe this requirement is important, then a job applicant needs to give it the proper attention too.
By devoting several lines to education upfront, this helps to answer a qualifications question, which is probably in the mind of the recruiter or potential employer. Unless there is a good reason to avoid the topic of education, it is better to include this data the beginning of the resume.
Outlining degrees obtained in a resume should be very straightforward and consist of the degree, college or university name, and the year in which the degree was obtained. Two examples of an education statement appearing in this section of the resume are illustrated below:
- B.S. Marketing, Georgetown College, 2018
- MBA Corporate Finance, Washington University, 2017