Education or Work Experience – What’s More Important?

When the time comes to fill out a resume, the dilemma comes up – is it better to list your education first or your professional experience?  There really isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question….it pretty much depends entirely on you.

Most people who list their education first typically are new to the work-force with little to no work experience.  Education is always a “plus” on a resume, so if you are applying for a job and have not had much experience in the field, it’s best to include your education first.  You can also include any educational awards, courses you’ve completed that are related to the job you are applying for.

Now if your work experience far outweighs your education, it will stand out more to include this first – BUT – it’s entirely up to you to decide.  It’s important to keep the job you’re applying for in mind when deciding how to construct your resume.  When your experience fits the job description you are looking to interview for, this should be one of the first things a hiring manager notices on your resume.

Ultimately, both education and professional experience are equally valuable in their own right.  But neither will outweigh a positive attitude and a striking first impression with a face to face interview.  When in doubt, include both highlights in your opening statement of your resume.  Just remember – what’s on paper will shine through when the time comes to sit down and visit with that hiring manager.