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How to Describe Your Education & Qualifications on a Resume

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Listing your education and qualifications is an extremely important part of your resume; without education and qualification history, it is highly unlikely you will even be considered for a job. Briefly detailing your education and qualifications gives you a great opportunity to demonstrate your aptitude in a tangible form, which accompanies the rest of your resume nicely. There are some clear formatting do's and dont's when adding your education and qualification information into your resume; avoid the pitfalls and put yourself ahead of the rest of the field in this competitive job market.

List your qualifications above your education information. Include details of any extra-curricular qualifications you have. For example, if you are applying to be a journalist, you should include details of your shorthand qualification and words-per-minute speed in this section. Add other qualifications, such as a first-aid qualification, in this section also. List qualifications in order of their relevance from top to bottom, including the date the qualification was achieved or will be achieved, if you are still qualifying.

Add your education information beneath qualifications. Start by listing the highest level of education you have received, such as a bachelor's degree, in your education section. Put the name of the qualification, educational institution, result and dates of attendance in bold. When writing about your two highest qualification levels, such as high school and bachelor's, list any awards or achievements you earned beneath each listing. For example, if you were top of your degree class in your second year, list it with a bullet point directly beneath details of your degree.

Present your education history as an easy and quickly readable set of facts and figures. List your GPA, for example, for your high school and college qualifications for a quick and clear show of your aptitude.


Write your education information in the same format for each stage of education listed, such as middle school, high school, college, postgraduate. Emphasize the key points, such as institution, location, result and dates in bold. You do not to write out an exhaustive list of your education. Most employers will only care about college and high-school education, but if you took no further education after high school you should include your middle-school education.