Resumes For Recent Graduates – 5 Great Tips to Organize Your “Education” Section

If you are a recent college or even grad school, law school or medical school graduate, your education section is probably the first on your resume (after your header and possibly a summary/branding statement). Why? Because school what you’ve done most recently, and it is most relevant to your potential employer. (There may be exceptions to this rule if you have an extensive and relevant work history. If you think you are one of those people, ask an expert for advice.)The following are five useful tricks for organizing your Education section. Follow these suggestions to pack in lots of information without taking up half the space on your resume:1. What should the basic format be?a. List your educational institutions in reverse chronological order, just as you do with your employment history.b. The most important part of each school section is the name of the school you attended. Put it in bold and/or Small Caps, followed by the city and state. Use the same format you use for your employers.c. Next put the degree you received. If you are anticipating a degree, write “Candidate for B.A,” “B.S. expected,” or “M.A. anticipated.” Fill in the appropriate degree of course.2. Do I need a separate line for my GPA and for each of my honors?To save space, you can combine your GPA and honors onto one line, and even put them on the same line as your major. How much you combine things will depend on how much room you have on other lines. Here are some possibilities:a. BA in Political Science, cum laude, 2006 (GPA: 3.41)b. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, concentration in Psychology, May 2005Major GPA: 3.73; Cumulative GPA: 3.683. How should I list Honors and Activities?You do not need a separate section for either Honors or Activities. Only create these separate sections if you need to fill space! Instead, put them under the appropriate school entry.Do you have a lot of honors and/or activities? If you need space, you can group them together. For instance, you can have a bullet that says “Honors:” and follow that title with your honors, separated by semicolons. Then have a bullet that says “Activities:” and list your activities, separated by semicolons. You can put any relevant dates in parentheses after the honor or activity, and before the semicolon.Examples:a. Honors: Undergraduate Honors Thesis Research Grant (Honors Program award); Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Golden Key International Honour Societyb. Honors: Dean’s List (2006-2009); Baylor University Alumni Scholarship (2005-2009); Greek Women’s Leadership Award (2009); Midwest Conference Academic All Conference Team (2008 and 2009)c. Activities: Latino/a Student Association, Secretary (2006-2007), Delegate/Community Service Committee (2005-2007); Mexican Student Organization, Social Chair (2005-2006); South American Student Association, Member (2004-2007)d. Activities: Varsity Women’s Basketball Team, Four Year Letter Winner; Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, Board Director (2006-2007) and Member (2004-2007); University Chapel Choir, Member (2004-2007)4. Do I need a separate section for Study Abroad?No! Study abroad is part of your undergraduate education. It can be a bullet, or if you want to emphasize it because of your international interest or language ability, you can bold it. Do not put a space between your undergraduate degree section and the study abroad section, unless you need to fill space.Example of bullet format:[end of undergraduate section here]
• Junior-year semester at University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (1993)Example of bolded section under undergraduate section:[end of undergraduate section here]
Reid Hall, Columbia University, Paris, FranceSummer 2003 Study Abroad (Coursework: 19th Century French Painting, French Language)5. How long should the Education section be?Unless you’ve already earned five different degrees from five different schools, your education section generally should take up a maximum of a third of a page. This means it’s important to get Experience to put on your resume and not rely on your Education to get you a job!Implementing these five suggestions will give you a great start on your Education section, making it both efficient and effective.

10 Tips To Raising Financially Literate Young Adults

Do you truly care about the security and the financial future of your student’s or children? If so it is important that you prepare them for the financial challenges that await them as they move away from home.The National Youth Financial Educators Council developed these ten simple tips that will help your child avoid the financial pitfalls that plague so many young people today.Tip #1 Relate Money to Lifestyle. Who cares about money? It’s what money allows us to do that motivates our children to learn about personal finance. Talk to your child about their personal dreams and discover what they’re passionate about. Then relate their aspirations to how understanding money basics will make their life easier and will help them reach their goals sooner.Tip #2 Eliminate Limiting Beliefs about Money. Even though many of us have had difficulties handling our finances – mostly due to lack of financial education instruction – we must avoid passing along negative associations about money. It’s OK to share financial mistakes with your child just be sure to do it in an encouraging way. Reverse those old false sayings because “you can make money without money”.Tip #3 Develop Their Foundation Skills. There are key personal traits that will make it easier your child to achieve the level of success they desire. The top five traits that will give your child a financial head start include: organization / time management, ethical character, developing a proper mindset, living ones passions and the ability to communicate effectively. These five real world skills will give your son or daughter a huge advantage in life.Tip #4 Savings Plan. Get your child, teen or young adult in a habit of saving money. As long as you pay for their food and housing bills have them set aside 40% of all income they receive, including gifts and earned allowance, into a savings account. Lack of savings is the biggest problem plaguing most Americans so help them avoid debt by encouraging a savings plan as soon as possible.Tip #5 Build a Solid Financial Foundation. Make sure your child has their: checking, savings, Roth IRA and brokerage accounts open as soon as possible (even if they do not have money to put into their brokerage or retirement accounts right now). People that have these accounts open are more likely to save their money and begin investing at a young age. Plus, it gives them an added sense of responsibility and status which are essential in the development of financially responsible children.Tip #6 Power of Compounding Interest. Youth gives our children a huge advantage when it comes to their financial health due to compounding interest. When harnessed young, this powerful financial force will make securing their future and living the lifestyle they want a breeze. What’s more, it’s motivating to young adults to know that if they just invest $100 per month they can hit the million dollar mark in their fifties. Showing them how compounding interest works gets them excited and is a great way to help them think about the future.Tip #7 Raising Free Thinkers. In today’s age, from the moment our newborn is exposed to the real world, they are brainwashed with advertiser’s messages to “buy, buy, buy”. Teach them to evaluate advertising by asking “what are they trying to convince me of”, “who are they targeting” and “what does this goal of this ad”. Doing so will help your child evaluate advertisements logically, instead of emotionally, and pick up marketing knowledge which is a key skill of many successful people.Tip #8 Credit. Building a rock solid credit history will save your child tens of thousands of dollars throughout their lifetime. Understanding the basics of how credit reporting agencies work and how to use credit cards as a tool to build up their credit scores will put them well ahead of the ‘average’ person. Teach your children to pay their bills on time, keep debt low and introduce them to credit cards.Tip #9 Three Keys to Wealth. For many the thought of investing can seem overwhelming because they don’t know what to invest in. This doesn’t need to be the case because the three investment vehicles that have created almost all (over 90%) financially free people include: the financial (stock) market, real estate and entrepreneurial endeavors. Since pensions and SSI will be a thing of the past when your children reach retirement age, it is critical they pick up some basic investment skills to ensure their financial security. It is important you talk to your children about each of these investment vehicles to help build their awareness of potential future investment options.Tip #10 Entrepreneurial skills – In the 21st century, entrepreneurial skills are essential. With many jobs being sent oversees to capitalize on cheaper labor it is now more important than ever your child has the skills that employers want. Employers want people that think outside the box; so entrepreneurial skills will not only help them start their own business but will help them stand out in corporate America. Encourage them to start a business and give them the resources so they know what steps to take.Bonus Tip: Provide Your Children a Professional Financial Education Course. A professional financial education course that has been certified by the National Youth Financial Educators Council is the only way to ensure that your children learn everything they need to know about money. We send our children to school to learn math, biology, literature but not money. We give them a professional education on many other subjects; shouldn’t we give them a professional education on a subject they will use every day of their life?