Writing the Education section of your CV.

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Professional courses and work-related training.

Begin with any professional qualifications required for the role, along with work-related courses that you might have completed with previous employers. These are often invaluable at demonstrating your knowledge and ability to perform well in your desired job. Courses and training undertaken with previous employers also show your willingness and ability to develop within a role and may highlight skillsets that you have developed whilst there. They also show that your previous employer was confident enough in your ability and reliability to spend time and money on your progression.

This section might include a licence demonstrating your ability to drive a particular HGV or operate a forklift truck, a diploma that qualifies you for a particular job, such as Counselling, or an in-house short course on management or coaching skills. Whatever the course or training, be sure to list it.

Academic Qualifications.

The grades achieved during your compulsory education give a prospective employer a good idea of your strengths. Within this section of your CV, they may also be looking for professional qualifications that are required for the role you are applying for.

Section Layout.

The education section of your CV is always going to be quite a dry section, so it is important to present the information required as efficiently and as simply as possible. Here are some easy steps that you can take to make this section of your CV easy to read and most effective in landing you your next job.

  • You might like to section your Education and Professional Qualifications out separately as above, so that you can easily highlight any education requirements for the job you are applying for.
  • Clearly display the course title, level of qualification, grade and dates on one line, keeping this format throughout. Where relevant, additional information, such as the title of your dissertation and modules taken can be listed underneath the respective entry.
  • Within your traditional qualifications, list your highest level of qualification first.
  • For professional qualifications, highlight the most relevant first, then list the rest in an a-chronological order. This means your most recent first.
An example of how to write the education section of a CV.

Further sections of our comprehensive guide to writing a CV:

  1. Intro.
  2. The importance of writing your own CV.
  3. How should I format my CV?
  4. What should I include in my CV?
  5. Personal Details.
  6. How do I write a Personal Profile for my CV?
  7. The Key Skills & Achievements Section of a CV.
  8. How to write an Employment History / Career History of a CV
  9. How to write the Education Section of your CV.
  10. What should I include in the Extracurricular Activities (Hobbies and Interests) section of my CV?
  11. What makes you unique? Writing a CV to be remembered.

How to write the education and qualifications section of a CV

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