MSEJ May 2016 - Page 9

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We have been conditioned to believe that education is the key to our career success, and so, we sometimes think more education means more success.

That myth makes career counselors cringe and repeat (ad nauseum): EDUCATE don’t VEGETATE… more isn’t always better! Don’t misunderstand me, knowledge is power, and education is important, but only if it is career-focused education that will increase your knowledge in your field.

I WANT TO HAMMER HOME THE DANGER OF UNRELATED, REPETITIVE, and UNFINISHED EDUCATION on the resume.

Unrelated Education: Recruiters and hiring managers will start to question your return on investment. Are you just passing through this position, or do you intend to stay with the company and in this role?

Repetitive Education and Training: It is confusing to see two undergraduate

degrees, four graduate degrees, four different certifications, and a list of training that you completed multiple times. It sends the message that you are a perpetual student who may not know what they want. It suggests that you waste money on unneeded resources and have a hard time identifying the more important details.

Unfinished Education: Are you committed? If you have started multiple degrees at various colleges, you may come off as someone who can’t see a project through to completion. Recruiters will wonder if you have the right education to do the work and whether this pattern of incompletion should concern them.

When you spend money on education and training, make sure you have a specific use for it in your desired field of work. You should be able to describe to an employer how your training and education have prepared you for the role you want as well as for future roles.

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Career success is typically about the quality of related experience and education in your field, not the diverse and sometimes overwhelming quantity of previous experience or education you have.

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