Resume Education Section: Accounting for Special Circumstances Worksheet

Job Search Writing: Resume Sections

Practice with this Resume Education Section Worksheet to get familiar with accounting for special circumstances that feel like a negative on your resume. By completing 10 exercises, you practice making decisions in hypothetical situations to make your job search writing skills stronger if the circumstances apply to you during your job hunt.

Resume Education Section: Accounting for Special Circumstances

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, read the supplied hypothetical circumstances. Explain how you would address each circumstance pertaining to education on your resume. For the remaining five exercises, explain how you would discuss each of the circumstances in a face-to-face interview.

  • You do not have a high school diploma and have attended several training workshops on management, including a two-week intensive program sponsored by your current employer. You are applying for a management position at a local retail store of medium size. You have worked in the retail industry since you were 16 years old. For the last seven years, you have worked as a store manager for a small, regional chain store.

  • You completed some post-secondary education but are currently only attending school part time. Your expected graduation date is three years from today‚Äôs date.

  • You earned your degree in France.

  • You have 20 years of experience in the field of finance but have never obtained a degree within the field. You hold several professional finance certifications.

  • You have no high school diploma and no post-secondary training or education of any kind.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #1? Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how you could put your circumstances in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #2? Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how you could put your circumstances in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #3? Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how you could put your circumstances in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #4? Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how you could put your circumstances in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #5? Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how you could put your circumstances in a positive light.