QUESTION: Should I put my education at the top or bottom of my resume?
Screeners have limited time to review your resume and are most likely to read content toward the top of the resume. Utilize this premium space to highlight the most compelling points of your value proposition, whether that’s education or something else. If education is required for the role, it will be assumed that all applicants possess this and accomplishments will deliver more interest.
If you graduated and received a degree recently, you probably will want to put your education at the top. If it’s been 10 years or more, you probably want it at the bottom. You always want to think about what the most important thing is for an employer to know. If it’s your education, put it first. Otherwise don’t!
For experienced hires, I normally will put education at the bottom of the resume, unless it is an Ivy League or highly ranked school or program. For new grads, I will put the education at the top as it is more important. I only list dates if it has been five years or less. I also will selectively list GPA (more important for new grads). Honors and significant activities can be included as well.
It really depends on your career level, targeted industry, and level of experience. If you are a newer graduate with limited experience, it is acceptable to list your education towards the top. If you are a seasoned professional (10+ years), I recommend listing it towards the bottom. If you are changing careers and recently acquired a new degree, place it toward the top!
Placement depends on the position in which you are applying. If the position puts heavy focus on education, it is best to move it to the top. This would apply for positions in education especially. If you hold a particularly high degree that may separate you from your competition, say an MBA, you may want to put it at the top. Otherwise, focus on experience first, and then state your education.
It depends! If you are a new graduate, an education section following your branding statement and key skills is appropriate. For mid-career professionals, preview your degree under your branding statement with additional credentials if a job posting states a candidate with an MBA, for example, will receive preference. This acts as a preview of your education section found further in your resume.
It depends. If you are a recent graduate or if you have completed training to make a career change, education may be positioned near the top of the résumé. You can highlight your educational experience with a relevant coursework section and/or descriptions of your significant projects or research. In most other cases, education will work best at the end of your résumé.