Leaving education off your resume might sound like a dumb idea at first.
Sounds crazy, right?
Yet, there are rare instances when leaving education off your resume is the best technique for securing more viable job opportunities.
Ideally, education is intended to benefit your overall job search and career goals. Yet, there are certain instances when education can be a hindrance.
For example, maybe you have too much, too little, or it’s the wrong kind. =]
Here are 3 scenarios when you might exclude education from your resume:
Scenario #1: Do you have too much education for the career you’re targeting?
Let’s say you have dual master’s degrees.
To you, the added education is an asset. Why wouldn’t it be?
Yet, you find that the positions you’re applying for require only a bachelor’s degree.
This is when things get sticky for some jobseekers.
This is one of those scenarios when too much education is too much.
Dual master’s degrees can make you appear over-qualified.
Dual master’s degrees can also give the impression that you’ll want more salary.
A huge red flag for hiring companies pinched by a tight budget.
Scenario #2: Is your education the “wrong kind” for your newly targeted job role?
Leaving certain education or an industry certificate off a resume is also needed when you’re eyeing a new industry/job, yet your college major is focused on your old career. In this case, you can’t afford to be pigeonholed.
An individual with VERY specific education will understand this most.
For example, I have a colleague who holds a college major in music. Of course, this degree is perfect when targeting something in and around the music industry. But, when he stepped outside that industry and went into providing technical solutions for businesses, that music degree becomes irrelevant.
This type of industry-focused certificate becomes irrelevant to a multitude of other industries, so job seekers would be wise to examine and possibly exclude such academic items from their resume.
Scenario #3: Is your education too much? Does the education section of your resume look more like the kitchen sink?
If you’re a jobseeker who has found himself taking a whole “kitchen sink” worth of training and certifications over the years, you’ll find yourself in this pickle.
Employers like well-rounded, well-trained professionals.
No argument there.
But, there comes a time when continued education can come across too scattered and not focused.
Certainly, there are times when job seekers have too much education and therefore need to “shave” some off.
This technique is called dumbing down a resume to get a job.
Ideally, a job seeker should pursue positions worthy or in line with their education, but when that’s not possible, consider whether excluding unnecessary education from your resume will increase your job search ROI.