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Should you include high school on a resume?

These tips will let you know when it’s time to let go of the glory days and let your professional work experience own the spotlight.

Should you include high school on a resume?

In the early stages of your career, you’re likely going to struggle to decide what relevant information to include on your resume. It’s a common conundrum. Among your considerations: Do potential employers really care about where you went to high school?

Short answer: Sometimes.

There are definitely circumstances that warrant listing your high school achievements on your resume. But there will also come a time when your work history will become the main point of interest to hiring managers. These pointers will help you determine when to cut your school ties.

When should you list your high school?

The decision to list your high school on your resume comes down to the stage you’re at in your education. If you're currently attending high school or college, or if you just graduated from school, definitely list your high school on your resume.

It's also customary to include your high school information on resumes in some countries outside the United States. If you're applying for a job abroad, make sure you research whether this information is likely to be important.

When is your high school best left off?

A few years after you finish high school, potential employers will care more about your accomplishments after graduation, so it’s fine to delete your high school from your resume.

A good sign that you can leave your high school information off your resume: Space is an issue and you can't fit all your information on one page.

How do you list high school on your resume?

In your resume's education section, list the name of your high school, its city and state, and the years you attended. You can also list one or two major achievements, such as being a team captain or being the president or founder of a club. If and when you have a college education, list it above your high school details.

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