Are you thinking of dumbing down your resume? Don't!

Are you thinking of dumbing down your resume? Don't!Dumbing down resumes? Always a bad idea.

Dumbing Down your Resume by Removing Education

I had a coffee shop visit with a former client who lost his job. As the barista made our lattes, he said he took his MBA off his resume for some of his submissions. I am never a fan of dumbing down resumes but I wanted to know his reasoning. I wanted to know what other people thought.

He told me that for one of the recent positions he had applied for, his networking contact had said that only the president in the company had an MBA and the contact thought he should remove it when he applied there. He did. Even with that explanation, I wasn’t comfortable. Part of me thought that maybe the president would appreciate someone else who had spent time improving his educational background.  I decided to crowdsource the question on LinkedIn and Facebook. Here is the question and some of the answers.

The Verdict? Don’t dumb down your resume!

I totally agree with the crowd sourcing results, you don’t need to overemphasize your education by putting all your credentials by your name but deleting a degree just to get the job is not a good idea and you need to think hard and long before you wipe out your credentials or dumb down your resume.

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  1. Ed Han on June 24, 2010 at 6:48 am

    I don’t know how I missed this, but I too agree with the consensus!

    • Julie Walraven on June 24, 2010 at 7:46 am

      Thanks, Ed, I didn’t use Twitter, and the original question was posed in early June but I’m glad you agree.

  2. Patrice Green on June 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Remember to look at the requirements for th position and that is what should go in your resume. We tend to think that some of our accomplishments would be well received, in most cases it is not. When things that are not asked for don’t add them in;in most cases the person is viewed as over qualified. For example, if the job does not require a Master’s Degree, then it should not be added.

    • Julie Walraven on June 27, 2010 at 5:13 am

      Thanks for your comment, Patrice. The dialog about this question continued on LinkedIn with some of the top career professionals. We all agree that you should tailor your resume to fit the position. Being overqualified is a common problem in this economy but most agreed that degrees should remain. Definitely an interesting dilemma.

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