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Resume should highlight your education

Q. I have been applying for many jobs in the computer/IT field. I have decent experience and do consider myself a good fit for many of the jobs. I have my associate’s degree in IT and am currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program. My question is, how do I address that I do not meet the requirement of having my bachelor’s but think that I still could do the job?

A. Enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program is a wise investment in your career. Many companies will request a bachelor’s degree, especially for technical roles. Often a bachelor’s degree may be preferred, but technical skills are far more important.

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Make sure that your resume (especially the top half) includes all of your technical skills. Many recruiters sort through piles of resumes, and you want to make sure that you feature your skills prominently. A recruiter should not have to dig to find them.

Additionally, it is important to be candid about your educational achievements. You should certainly include that you have earned an associate’s degree. It is also important to note that you are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program, but you have not completed the degree.

One option is to consider the following format:

Education

Community College — Associate’s, Information Technology, Boston, Mass.

University — Bachelor’s, Computer Science — expected May 2013, Boston, Mass.

The format I have used above informs the reader that you have completed an associate’s degree and are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program. It clearly states that you expect to complete your bachelor’s degree in May of 2013.

A bachelor’s degree is important in the field of information technology. For more information about the link between earnings and education, read Megan Woolhouse’s article in the Oct. 11 edition of The Boston Globe.

Patricia Hunt Sinacole is president of First Beacon Group, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton.
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