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Does My Graduation Date Belong on My Resume?

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Dear Experts,

I was eager to read your advice from yesterday’s T.A.P. question regarding tips for ditching the Gen Y image. One suggestion was to delete one’s graduation date from his or her resume. Well, I’m confused.

I’m currently working on my doctorate. Isn’t it proper for me to place my graduation date on my resume? Maybe even necessary? Is it different for those involved in an education career?

Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:

Q#394 No career advice is the “gospel.” Go with what you’re comfortable doing. (@teenarose#degree

Q#394 Yes, education is a wildly different career track than most others. Doctorate dates should be on rez. (@beneubanks)

Q#394 While lvg edn dates off resume raises ?s, in this mkt, it cd help u get foot in door IF accomps solid. (@juliaerickson)

Q#394 Diff industries call 4 diff info so ask pple in field; if getting PhD, def list BA, but not nec date. (@juliaerickson)

Q#394 I think it’s a personal decision. I would leave it on, only because it will likely come out anyway. (@gradversity)

Q#394 In majority of circumstances, omitting dates is a colosal mistake and invites other to infer your reason for doing so. (@lauralabovich)

Q#394 Not really. Consistency is the key. If you use grad date on 1 degree you need to use on all. (@careers20)

Q#394 Every #resume edit is 2 image shape. Omission *only* 2 sidestep, risking suspicion. R U in need to divert? (@resumeservice)

Q#394 As w/any rez question, it depends … Most importantly, research, know what your audience wants to see & give it to them. (@DawnBugni)

Q#394 I think eliminating dates screams “I’m hiding my age.” Put it on & let your experience speak for you. (@jtodonnell)

Q#394 It is becoming common practice to completely remove ALL dates from the resume. Don’t sweat it. (@JoshuaWaldman)

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