As far as I'm aware it's traditional to place academic qualifications first on a CV before work history.
However, I was speaking with an employer recently who said they prefer to see work history first as it helps them when scanning through lots of CVs.
Their assumption, when scanning, being that those applying for a vacancy probably have the required qualifications.
Any comments on which should be presented first? Thanks.
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- Thread Starter
- 19-10-2017 22:39
- 19-10-2017 22:44
I have always, and only ever seen, education first. It normally goes:
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- Community Assistant
- CV Helper
- 19-10-2017 22:48
- 19-10-2017 22:51
Put it this way, employers get enough CVs and only really want to see the relevant stuff. I have always had a bit about me and key info, then work experience, then school and achievements on the back. Also, never added references, always said 'references available upon request'
Of course if youre applying to a job where you need high qualifications theyre probably more important but for general jobs ive never had an issue. My mum taught me this way too
- Thread Starter
- 19-10-2017 23:10
I think I might just stick with the traditional form of qualifications before work experience.
- 20-10-2017 16:52
If you are at graduate level or lower then your education is going to be more important than what little work experience you have. Later in your career if you apply to an intermediate-senior position, they're not going to care much about your degree when you've been working for the last 5 years so put work experience first.