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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