Everything you need to know about including your education in your CV
Like many people, your education may be very important to you, you possibly spent a great deal of time and money achieving the qualifications that you have, your formal education may even have played a large role in deciding the trajectory of your career thus far, and your education may be a key factor in deciding your next career move.
Conversely your education may be a distant memory, it may have absolutely no bearing on the career that you are currently pursuing, or, you may have very little in the way of formal education or qualifications to speak of.
The question in both scenarios is, 'what role should education play on your CV?'
In this article I'm going to answer this question, plus reveal where I, as a professional CV writer, place education and qualifications on a CV, and how I use both to enhance and compliment a candidate's experience and skills.
At the end of this article I'll also provide you examples of how to format the education section of your CV in line with modern standards and CV writing best practice. If you would like to download a MS Word CV template with the education section already formatted, click here.
How should you include your education on your CV?
Like anything that you include on your CV, whether you're writing your CV from scratch or using a CV template, your education should be used to enhance your profile, it should improve your chances of securing the role that you want, and should not distract from this in any way.
Included on your CV in the right way, your education can strengthen your personal brand and help you to powerfully articulate you story and the value that you can add to an organisation.
This means that before you simply tag your education on the end of your CV, you should consider how it enhances your overall suitability for the role for which you are applying.
If your education is very relevant for the job you are applying to then it should be featured on the first page of your CV above your experience section. Your education would normally be considered relevant if it is within the same field for which you are working. For example, a Finance Degree for an accountancy role or an MBA for a Management Consultancy position.
It would also be considered relevant if you are a recent graduate with limited work experience, as it shows your ability to learn and demonstrates your level of training and knowledge.
However, if you did not achieve a high level of education, did not study in any particular field, or you left school or university more than ten years’ ago, then your experience is probably going to be much more relevant than your education. In this case, add your education section below the experience section.