November 13, 2013, 2:34 PM — A resume is like real estate, boiling down to one critical concept: location, location, location.
So no matter how proud you are of your college degree, at all costs avoid highlighting it at the top of your resume, careers writer Danny Rubin tells Brazen Careerist.
If you do, you're sacrificing prime resume real-estate on a fact that's neither compelling nor attractive to a potential employer.
"An employer will locate your college and degree(s) at the bottom of the resume," he notes. "Just realize that a diploma alone won’t make you different. Whether it’s a two-year associate’s, four-year bachelor’s or online coursework, plenty of people have graduated from somewhere."
Instead, Rubin says job hunters need to lead with what sets them apart from other applicants, their unique experience and the concrete benefits they will bring to a company once hired.
"Crack open your resume right now and place 'Work Experience' at the top. In today’s job market, your skills are the greatest thing you’ve got," he advises. "Bosses don’t care where your skills come from, only that you have them."
Highlighting your degree at the top of your resume also runs the risk that the screener will quickly lose interest and never make it to the important parts of the document - your experience. Or the screener - who sees dozens of resumes daily - will see your education listed first and think, "This person doesn't know how to write a resume" and promptly toss it in the circular file.
Either way, it hurts your chance for advancement.
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