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Subject:Re: Education on Resume From:"Tamminga, Ernie" <et -at- DSC -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 9 May 1997 16:33:17 -0700
On some resumes I've looked at, some folks who started a degree program,
but didn't finish it, included in the resume in a category of "other
classes taken" (or words to that effect), in which they identified
completed classes that were pertinent to tech writing, programming, etc.
I like that better than a more general statement saying that a degree
program was begun but not finished. It lets the candidate make clear
that they're not talking just about "general education" classes taken
toward a degree, but classes that relate directly to the type of
position we're hiring for.
If the "partial" degree included only classes that were NOT pertinent to
the position being applied for, I'd agree it's probably best not to
mention it at all unless it represents your only post-high-school
>From: Janet_Valade -at- SYSTECH -dot- COM [SMTP:Janet_Valade -at- SYSTECH -dot- COM]
>Sent: Friday, May 09, 1997 4:38 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Education on Resume
>>The usual way to indicate that you went to college but didn't graduate
>>is "Attended University of Foo with major in Bar Technology." As
>>opposed to "B.S., University of Foo, Bar Technology."
>>The line on my resume for post-graduate work goes like this:
> Completed course work for M.S., Technical Communication,
>>University of Washington. Thesis pending.
> I am interested in knowing how hiring managers feel about education
> that was begun, but never finished. Is it better to put it on the
> resume, or just leave it off? I leave mine off because I am afraid it
> makes me look like a quitter. Of course, I have other degrees on my
> resume. If the incomplete degree was my only education, I might see
> it differently.
> Janet Valade
> Technical Writer
> Systech Corp, San Diego, CA
> janet_valade -at- systech -dot- com
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