Whether your goal is to progress your career in your current industry or to make the move into an entirely new profession, highlighting your study achievements in your CV could be the way to distinguish yours from the pile of other applications on a hiring manager’s desk.
Your résumé is the first thing prospective employers will look at to determine whether you’re the right person for the job. To talk up the value of your study and training, as it relates to this role, you might consider peppering your entire CV with examples to illustrate and reiterate your expertise.
Here are the key areas of your résumé where you can highlight your study achievements, and make them relevant to the job you’re applying for.
A summary or professional profile at the top of your résumé serves as an opportunity to introduce yourself, and explain why you’re the best candidate for the role.
Place your study achievements front and centre in your professional profile, to immediately demonstrate your expertise and dedication to the industry. Something as simple as, ‘I have recently completed a Diploma of Management to further develop my skills in this area’, can showcase your initiative and on-going professional development.
Key skills and experience
This is your opportunity to prove that you have the skills and proficiencies required for this role. Be sure to include some reference to your training here, to show that your study achievements are relevant to the job.
If you’re transitioning into the interior design industry, for example, you might include details on two or three skills vital to the role, explaining how the design course you’ve completed has developed these abilities.
This section will take up a significant chunk of your résumé, so make it count. If you undertook on-the-job training or professional development that relates to the role you’re applying for, be sure to mention it.
If you’re changing careers, experience in another industry can still work to your advantage. Highlight education that enhanced transferable skills relevant to the industry you’re entering, such as the ability to research, follow a brief, or meeting deadlines. Don’t forget to include any experience you gained in volunteer, work placement or intern roles.
Education and training
Here it is – your big chance to really drive home the value in your study achievements. Be sure to list your qualification professionally, including the full title, training institution, year graduated, and any specialisations. Where necessary, include comments for each qualification to reinforce the relevant expertise you gained, such as, ‘This diploma further enhanced my understanding of professional accounting practices, such as managing budgets and forecasts and maintaining financial records’.
You don’t have to include your interests in your résumé, but it can help illustrate the likelihood of you being a good cultural fit for the organisation, and further set you apart from the competition. It’s even better if you can link interests outside of work to this role and your study achievements. You might mention that volunteering for your son’s football team has helped strengthen your communication skills, and offered valuable insights into team building and leadership.
Quality references can seal the deal, and are almost always a factor in helping employers make their final decision. If you’re entering a new industry, it may be helpful to list a lecturer or tutor who can testify to your skills in your new field of expertise, as well as those you’ve worked with or reported to previously.
Remember, every employer is looking for a unique selling proposition that gives a candidate an edge over your competition. Your USP could be your study achievements, so ensure your résumé highlights them to sell you as the right person for the job.
To further demonstrate your skills, be sure to check out how to talk up your study achievements in your cover letter.