Job and graduate school applicants frequently ask us where to place the education component of their resume. We thought we’d map it out for you guys to make it a bit easier. Let’s start with the most common placement for the education category, which will apply to the majority of you:
When to Put Education at the Bottom of Your Resume
-After graduating from a graduate school program (Do you want to present yourself as a career-driven leader or an eternal student?)
-If you’re applying to graduate schools (Again, the irony here is that you want to use your career impact as the real thrust of your resume, not your bachelor’s degree in American Studies, your merit scholarship or your 3.8 GPA)
-When you’re applying for a job (Nota bene for seasoned executives: it may be time to streamline your educational achievements, too—your leadership position in the Frisbee Club won’t be critical in your SVP role at D.E. Shaw)
When To Put Education at the Top of Your Resume
-If you’re applying for internships while you’re still studying in a graduate program.
-If you’re continuing your academic studies (more graduate degrees anyone?) and want to make your academic trajectory more transparent and clear.
-If your resume lacks heft or substantial career experience (there are other creative ways to magnify your strengths—email us at email@example.com for suggestions).
Occasionally we do work with applicants whose backgrounds defy some of these conventions, and in some unique cases, rules can be bent depending on the person and the resume. However, if you have questions about your resume and its strategic direction, submit it to www.ivyeyesediting.com today for free initial feedback!
Happy resume writing!
Ivy Eyes Editing