But with applicant tracking systems parsing resumes and analyzing for job description requirements, more attention (and better formatting) should be paid.
We’re here to set the record straight about how to format your resume education section. What should be included in your resume education section?
The reviewer cares more about whether or not you have the degree than when you earned it.
And, as you progress in your career (that’s code for “as that gray hair starts springing out”), listing dates can work against you.
Most people list educational background at the end of the resume, which is perfectly fine.
However, if you have a degree from a prestigious university or one that may serve as an advantage for the types of positions you’re pursuing, consider listing your education at the beginning of your resume instead.
While not required, it’s beneficial to list relevant coursework, licensures and certifications.
Include this information to show your knowledge or skill level in a certain field of study, especially if it’s relevant to the job you’re applying to.
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Some federal jobs require that you have a college degree or specific coursework.