Updated: Jul 9, 2020
This is the second post in a mini-series dedicated to addressing your questions. Today’s post is about the Education and Work Experience sections of your resume. As always, let us know if we haven’t covered a topic you are interested in so we can provide the guidance you need.
1) Should the “Education” section precede the “Work Experience” section on my resume?
If you are a current student or fresher, the answer is yes! Recruiters want to see the most relevant information first, so it is best to lead off with “Education” until you have found a job after graduating.
If you have been working for a few years (and your last degree was several years ago), the education section should be placed below the work experience section.
2) Should I include internships on my resume?
Yes! Even if they are not directly related to the positions you are applying for after graduating, you can emphasize relevant skills and experiences from your internships that may give you an advantage over other applicants.
If you have many years of experience and the internship you did while at college is not relevant to your current field, it is appropriate to remove it to give more space and importance to more current roles and jobs that are relevant to your current field or positions you are applying for.
3) Should I include marks/scores/CGPA on my resume?
If you are a current student or fresher, the answer is yes! This information is expected, and a recruiter will wonder why you have left it out if it is absent. Recruiters recognize that performance in school is one of many factors that contributes to you being a successful applicant, so do not exclude this information simply because you do not have the highest marks.
4) Should I mention workshops I have attended and certificate courses I have taken on my resume?
If they are relevant to your career or interests, then the answer is yes! If they are not relevant, it is probably safest to exclude them. Including irrelevant experiences on a resume can signal to a recruiter that you are unaware of expectations, which is not the type of first impression you want to make. Remember to keep descriptions of workshops and certifications brief, and focus more heavily on your work experience and accomplishments.
If you are still in college, however, it is appropriate to include workshops and certificates not directly relevant to the job you're applying to, to indicate initiative and resourcefulness to a recruiter.
5) Should I mention weaknesses on my resume?
No. Resumes are for highlighting your strengths and accomplishments. You should not volunteer your weaknesses unless a recruiter asks you to self-reflect in an interview setting.
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