Leaving education off your resume might sound like a dumb idea at first, but there are some instances when excluding education from a resume is optimal.
Sounds crazy, right?
Yet, there are rare instances when leaving education off your resume is the best technique to securing more viable job opportunities. Ideally, education is intended to benefit your overall job search and career goals, but 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 2 scenarios of when you might exclude education from your resume:
Reason #1 to potentially shave education from your resume:
Let’s say you hold dual master’s degrees. You quickly find that the positions you’re applying for only require a bachelor’s degree. Certainly, there are times when job seekers have too much education.
In this scenario, you could be perceived as over-qualified … or worse, give off the impression that you will want more salary than what the hiring company has budgeted for the job opening.
Certainly, there are times when job seekers have too much education and therefore needs to “shave” some off. This is called dumbing down a resume.
Ideally, a job seeker should pursue positions worthy or in line with their education, but when that’s not possible, consider whether excluding this added (possibly unnecessary) bit of education from your resume is the better option.
Reason #2 to possibly exclude education from your resume:
Another example for leaving off certain education or an industry certificate: when you’re eying another industry and don’t want to be pigeonholed into just one.
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This scenario comes into play when an individual has a certain bit of education or certificate that is VERY, VERY specific.
For example, a certificate in the music business.
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.