Your resume can make or break your chances of getting invited to your dream job interview. As a professional, your resume communicates your qualifications and market value to employers.
Aside from Work Experience, one crucial item you shouldn’t disregard is Education and Training. It may usually be placed at the bottom of your resume, but this information indicates your ability to understand existing and upcoming trends of the industry you’re aiming for.
More importantly, Education and Training reflects your values as a professional. If you recently brushed up on your skills through a project management course, including this on your resumé indicates your intended direction as a professional. Your prospective employer will then gauge how much you can contribute to their company.
You CV is an opportunity to make yourself known as the only professional to fit the job you’re applying for. In other words, this document can make you stand out among hundreds of applicants vying for the same job.
Before getting into the details of writing about your Education and Training, it’s best to read the basics of writing a CV, Curriculum Vitae or resumé.
Your resume should talk about the following:
- Career objectives
This talks about what you’d like to achieve as a professional. Ensure your objective is aligned with what your target job is.
- Work experience, milestones and accomplishments
This section should briefly discuss your employment history (roles, responsibilities and achievements). Your descriptions will give recruitment managers an idea of how you handle your tasks. Make sure to include quantifiable results with every major task you have tackled.
- Educational background and related trainings
Include the number of years it took you to finish a degree and the latest training you have had in relation to your target job. Apart from your professional accomplishments, this portion further shows your competence for the position.
Education and Training in detail
Your educational background should include your years of formal schooling in the Primary, Secondary and University levels. Adding your degrees in Masters and Doctorate can also be a plus depending on your target job.
If you’re currently taking up a training course, this shows how dedicated you are to an endeavor. It’s even better if your current training is directly related to your prospective position. If you got accepted for a program, it shows you have the proficiency and learning skills to contribute to your target job.
Where should you place Education and Training?
This depends on your chosen resume format. The basic ones are:
- Functional – focuses on your abilities as a prospective employee (highlighting your skills and background)
- Chronological – places your employment history from current to previous years
Functional resumes are often used by applicants with gaps in years of employment. Hence, they’ll need to showcase more of their competencies than years of tenure. Chronological CVs are usually for experienced professionals who look for employment opportunities beyond their current situation. However, there are no set rules and you can choose what works for to best highlight your skills and experience.
If you’re using a Functional Resume, you can place your Education and Training right after your career objectives and skill sets if this is appropriate. For a Chronological CV, the same portion is placed below Work Experience instead.
Use your preferred format to your advantage. This will depend on your target job’s list of qualifications and what you’d like to highlight as a professional.
Formats and samples
This regular layout is advisable for most types of resumes:
Name of School / College / University, Degree or Training Taken, Inclusive Dates.
(Description of course, if applicable)
Extracurricular clubs and organisations, Position, Responsibilities, Accomplishments.
Awards, honors and commendations.
Education and Training
University of the Sunshine Coast, Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management), 2001-2005.
Ascend Event Management Club, Vice President for Operations, Handled the overall operations of quarterly events for University students, Acquired event sales of up to $10,000 in contribution to the University Scholarship Fund.
Torque Awards. Student Leadership Awardee. 2004.
Pro-System, RMLV – Responsible Management of Licensed Venues, July 14 – 16, 2014.
An intensive 2-day course tackling the Liquor Act, centering on risk management and self-auditing processes for safely operating a hospitality business.
Education and Training is the second most important portion of your resumé. It reflects your personality and core values as a professional. Ideally, your job target should be directly related to the course you took up. This can add to your resume significantly if you came from a highly esteemed educational and training institution.
Your resume shows who you are and what you can do as a professional. It should therefore include your work experience and accomplishments. Another important portion is Education and Training. This shows your willingness to learn. A well-written CV can get you noticed by target employers to be invited for a job interview.