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Tandem Powered offers a full suite of Professional Resume Writing, Career Development, and HR / Business Consulting services.


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Dates for Education


Q: Why are dates so important on a resume but mysteriously optional when it comes to the Education section.

A: Great question, and one that I (understandably) get a lot. 

First off... Yes, dates are critical on a resume. Years of employment should be listed with all jobs. When it makes sense, it's also a good idea to list months because screening software is often set to "red flag" employment dates that do not include months. That's another post for another day!

With the Education section, though, there is forgiveness. Why? Because putting a date next to your education can be a gateway to discrimination. Because of that, it's largely understood that dates aren't necessary for that section.