7 Tips for the “Education” section of your CV

In this article, GRN Team will answer to the most frequently asked questions about the “Education” section of your CV. keep-calm-and-update-your-cv-7

Questions like:

  • Where should I place “Education” in my CV?
  • What should I include in the “Education” section?
  • What format should I follow?
  • How long should the “Education” section be?
  • How should I list “Honors” and “Activities”?

Here are some tips answering these questions that will help you to improve your CV.

#1. Most people list educational background at the end of their resume, which is perfectly fine. But the best placement depends on what are you trying to emphasize. You can place education before experience: if you are a recent graduate or you don’t have so many years of work experience;
you can place it after “Experience”: if you completed your studies at least two years ago, or if you have already a couple years of work experience. Be strategic! Like everything else on your resume, it should work for you, not against you.

#2. List your education background in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent studies. If you are holding a Bachelor’s degree, or if you achieved a higher level education, don’t mention where you went to high school. It should look like this:

Year – Year             University Name             City, Country
Diploma / Certificate / Degree / Major
Details of education completed: Final grade (underline if you’ve had a good one) and other achievements

N.b: Double space between each school listing

#3. You don’t need a separate section for “Honors” received or Academic-related activities. Create these sections just if they are very extensive and especially if you think they are strictly-related to the job you’re applying for .

Hint: to save some space on the CV, it’s clever to include them by the related school/university experience.

#4. Once you have at least two or three years of work experience, you should drop the school-related activities/accomplishments from your CV and focus mainly on the “Work Experience” section and its accomplishments.

#5. We suggest that the length of your education section should be max a third of a page.

#6. Be careful with using appropriate terminology. Nothing is worse than grammar mistakes in your CV.

#7. If you don’t have qualifications required for a particular job, don’t fake them. Companies may check your qualifications and you will never have a chance to get a job in the same company also in the future. You can try to compensate your lack of qualifications with personal skills or interests.

Written by Pasquale Di Benedetto (Project Coordinator)

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We hope you found this article helpful! If you feel like sharing your personal opinion about the topic, please leave us a comment!

GRN Czech Team

GRN CV Tips, part I: Include a picture or not?

Shall I include my picture into the CV? Does it help or hurt? If you are asking yourself these questions and you hear various arguments for and against, hopefully our GRN tips will help you to get the answer. This article is a part of series in which GRN Czech shares its secrets on how to polish one’s CV.

Hire me, eh?

Hire me, eh?

You can find tons of articles online, which discuss whether it’s good or bad to include a picture in your CV.  Well, we have to say that the majority opinion is that the picture should not be part of your CV.  At GRN we agree with this statement and below is our explanation why.

First of all, the Headhunter/Recruiter or Hiring Manager that you send your CV to,  spends only a few seconds screening a CV. That means, a picture might take too much attention and time which could be better spent reading your accomplishments and achievements. Help the reader focus, because these allow the reader to better “see” the successful you.

Secondly, if a photo is not specifically required in the job description (e.g. for some jobs, like for a  Model it is important), then it’s irrelevant to include it. Simply for the reason that it does not matter how you look. According to BusinessInsider, the only thing which might happen, is that it can lead to discrimination. And no one wants that.

The research conducted by HRMorning revealed that CVs that include a photo are one of the 8 top reasons for automatically not considering a potential candidate. So, that’s a good reason for NOT including your picture in the CV, right?

Moreover, what happens many times is that candidates put an unflattering or unprofessional photo of themselves in their CV. So, IF you do decide to include a photo, make 100% sure it’s a photo that is professional and a good quality resolution (also when printing it out). Also, make sure it is also a relatively recent photo, not one from when you were 10 years younger and 15kg lighter… 🙂

Not for CV, either 🙂

We can say that the trend of including a picture in CV varies between countries. While in the U.S. and U.K. it’s not very common, in Europe it’s still popular. However, based on our experience here in GRN, we can say that more often than not, the picture can hurt more than it helps. Not including your photo won’t harm nor decrease your chance to get the job. On the other hand, including a picture might cause some bias and prejudice, which can cut your chances of being considered significantly.

To conclude, at GRN we discourage our candidates from including their photo in their CV.  However, it’s your decision in the end. 🙂

Prepared by Júlia Švandová, Project Coordinator at GRN Czech