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What do the highest level of education and the latest qualification mean?

I have often been confused by the highest level of education and the latest achievement. When writing my CV, I have been advised to include the highest level of education first. I have also been advised to include my qualifications from the latest to the earliest. I can easily differentiate between the levels of college education. Masters is higher than bachelors and so on. I have masters in higher education, but it is not my latest qualification. My question is, which takes precedence when arranging my resume?

Timothy Norman

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Blair Lewis on April 24, 2018

A CV follows the rule of first impressions. The first impression is very important since it determines how someone will judge the rest of your information. So the first thing you want a potential employer to see is your highest education level, not your latest. The rule of latest only applies if two or more qualifications carry the same weight. The main considerations in writing a CV are mentioned below.

You are clearly aware of your level of college education. You should use the differentiation you state to arrange them accordingly. Ph.D. before masters, masters before bachelors, et cetera. I do not know of any other qualifications higher than these. So they should come first in the education section of your CV.

If you have two diplomas in different subject areas, then the general rule as stated above is to set the latest first and the earlier one after. This rule applies when you are setting up your CV for general purposes.

Sometimes situations arise where you are applying for a specific job that requires specific qualifications. In such cases, you have to adjust your CV accordingly. You must put first what is more important for getting that job before anything else. In your case, the master’s degree in higher education should take the lead. But if you are seeking a job as a psychologist, then your bachelor’s degree in educational psychology could be of the greater essence, for instance. It will thus take precedence over the higher degree.

Such adjustments are also made in the other sections of the CV. The normal order requires that you arrange your work experience by year. The latest job comes before earlier ones. Still, the latest job may be that of a truck driver, while the earlier job was of a branch manager. This is when you have to be clever if you are seeking another management job. Truck driving comes last.

It is clear from the preceding that a CV is a very dynamic thing. It is regularly updated to reflect your level of experience and latest education ventures. It is also shaped according to your job application needs. Even though general rules are given on how to arrange it, specific circumstances regularly contribute to change these arrangements. So it is critical to remember that a CV is not an end in itself, but a means to an end.

Jessie Thompson2 years ago

Your CV belongs to you, and you arrange it in the manner you want. However, you must also arrange it in manner others will understand. That is why there is a general format, with personal information coming before education background, followed by job experience, then references. The rule of thumb is that what is more important comes before what is less important. Things of equal importance are arranged from the latest backward. Your masters in higher education stands out in importance and will come first. It should be followed by something closer to what you wish to do. Those looking for a mechanic are more interested in your certificate in motor mechanics than in your masters. This certificate should immediately follow your masters. That way they will know you are highly learned, but you also have the qualifications they want. Include your higher qualifications to ensure you get higher pay.


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