Education and Other Content

Only include information in your resume that will provide value to an employer

Education

It is always recommended to include educational credentials in your resume. For most candidates, your education should come after work experience. Exceptions to this rule include new grads, current students, and people making a career change, where candidates perceive their education providing more value than their work experience.


For current students, or even those who have enrolled but not begun their degree program, including the program information and expected graduation date can be significant benefit to an organization. For example, many healthcare organizations like to hire current nursing students in lower-level patient care positions.

Certifications

Including any relevant certifications is recommended. Even if the certification is pending, is expected at a certain date, or has lapsed, it can be beneficial to include this information on your resume. If you are going to include a certification which is not active, be sure include that it has lapsed/is pending/etc.

Other Experience/Skills

There are numerous other items which can be beneficial to include on your resume. These include:

  • experience with computer programs
  • relevant skills
  • seminars/online tutorials
  • applicable volunteer/unpaid experience
  • language skills

Does It Provide Value?

When determining what other information should be included in your resume, ask yourself: Does this provide value? If what is listed does not provide value to a potential employer, leave it out. Hobbies, favorite sports teams, the math award you received in sixth grade. Rarely will any of this information be valuable for an employer to know, so do yourself a favor and omit this information from your resume.