The education section of a resume either follows the work
experience section or goes right before it. It depends on
whether you have relevant work experience or whether you are
a new graduate. Think of it this way: When you write a
resume, you want to structure your resume to put the most
relevant information first.
When you have a few years of experience, that experience
will normally supersede your education in terms of
relevance. That’s why you should put the work experience
section before the education section, unless you have good
reason not to do so. If you are a new graduate and have no
relevant experience, then the most relevant thing is your
education. Even if you spent a summer or a year working
part-time in a company directly related to your field of
study, your education should still go first. Three or four
years of education supersede a part-time or summer
Most resume writers put the name of the school first,
followed by the city where it is located and then the state.
On the second line you should put the name of the program
and the year of graduation. If you have not yet graduated,
you can put something like “Expected graduation date: June
2012”. Depending on whether you attended a renowned
university, you may want to bold the name of the university
and the name of the program you were in, or simply the name
of the program. If you participated in relevant activities,
COOP terms or enrolled in special courses, you can also
mention this information under the education section.
This information is more relevant if you are a recent
graduate. You need not include this information if you
are an experienced applicant.