How to Put Certifications on a Resume

Keep your "Certifications" section of your resume short and sweet.

Keep your "Certifications" section of your resume short and sweet.

Professional certifications can put you one step ahead of other job applicants. Certifications are also helpful during salary negotiations. When you have a certification, the employer knows that your skills, knowledge and expertise have been recognized by a governing or peer-professional agency. When putting certifications on a resume, keep them brief. The employer is only looking for basic information.

Create a “Certifications” section near the top of your resume. It is common practice to place this section immediately preceding the “Professional Experience” section. Placing certifications near the top of your resume instead of the bottom reduces the chances of your certifications being overlooked. If you have licenses as well as certifications, title the section “Licenses and Certifications.”

Enter the title of the certification, followed by the name of the certifying agency and the date of certification. Indicate whether the certification is active or expired. Special licenses are also counted as certifications.

Add only one certification per line. To enhance visualization, use bullets to emphasize each line of certification.

Include only the certifications and licenses that are relevant to the job you are applying for. For instance, nursing certifications are irrelevant on a technical support resume. Instead, you would include certifications, such as C+, A+, Microsoft certified and Cisco certified.

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