Dos and don’ts for listing educational qualifications on CV

Fresh graduates and even experienced professionals struggle to find the perfect way to list their educational qualifications on their CVs.

While you can be creative on some occasions, it is more important to have a strategic angle to anything you do in this particular case.

Whether you’ve graduated from a prestigious school, switched colleges during a 4-year degree program or left your thesis incomplete due to some reason, you need to be aware of some basic dos and don’ts for listing such information on your resume. The goal is to get what you want – the dream job you want. Read on to know more:

Do NOT Lie – If Unflattering Make it Positive 

It’s not unnatural to have a tendency to disguise something about your education in your resume. If you feel that you may be hurt due to an incomplete degree, for example, you should strategically present this information as ‘Continuing degree program.’

Qualifications that Matter the Most Should Come First On Your CV

As a standard rule, you should first list the advanced degrees on your CV followed by other certifications, diplomas and course programs. This reverse chronological order of listing educational qualifications on the CV works fine, except when you’re applying for a job that’s unrelated to the most advanced degree you have acquired. For example, if you have a Master’s degree in Psychology and are applying for a programmer’s position, you should list your diploma in the related field on the top.

Just the Education Please, Not the Complete Trail

You need not mention various institutions you switched before finally graduating. The person reviewing your resume is not looking for all that information!

Let the Recruiter Know if You the Degree has not been formally completed

If a thesis required for the fulfillment of the award of degree stands incomplete, you should go ahead and list it on your CV.

The reviewer is not going to judge you the ‘wrong’ way if you, instead of using a deceptive approach, mention the fact that you’re a candidate for a degree program (Masters in Marketing, for example) and your thesis at the moment is in the final stages of completion (mention a date).



Daniel Mutuku, Careers Director at Careerpoint Solutions Get a Free CV Review Click Here