Allison Cheston, Career Connector


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Resumes and the Education Dilemma


I frequently see resumes that lack specific educational data. Some people state the institution and type of degree without the date of graduation–a sign they think they’re old. Others list the institution without the type of degree–a red flag since it looks like they didn’t graduate. And maybe they didn’t.

Being old or failing to graduate are not things you can really hide. They are simply facts about you, and the clearer you are on your resume, the fewer questions you’ll have to answer later, assuming you get the chance. Always list dates, even if it’s simply to say that you expect to receive your degree in a certain year. Be as specific as you can. Employers will thank you and, more importantly, they’ll take your resume more seriously.