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Resume - how to say partially finished college or taking a break?

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Resume - how to say partially finished college or taking a break?

I took a break this semester, I am unclear if I am going to go back or not. I completed 3 semesters out of 6, what should I write on my resume? Should I just still write an expected graduation date? How should I mention that I am not currently in school or does that matter?
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It's a bit of a tricky situation, and how you should word it will depend largely on the type of job you're applying for.

If you don't make it explicitly known that you're currently not in school, then companies might feel you're not able to dedicate the necessary amount of time needed for the job.

If you say you're just taking a semester off and will be going back, then companies might not want to invest in training for you if they think you might be with them for only a short time.

What kind of jobs will you be applying for? As with applying to any job - put yourself in the employers shoes. Think of what the company wants out of an employee, and then tailor your resume accordingly.
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Feb 5th, 2009 5:53 pm
I took a break this semester, I am unclear if I am going to go back or not. I completed 3 semesters out of 6, what should I write on my resume? Should I just still write an expected graduation date? How should I mention that I am not currently in school or does that matter?
"Candidate for xxx diploma - xxx date to yyy date". Where yyy date is a couple months ago. Put like December for yyy date. Write "Completed 3 of 6 semesters". That's how I'd do it. If someone thinks of something better, post up.

If you're applying for any full time job, then the employer's concern would be you coming into work. So don't mention an expected graduation date. As it makes them think there will be schedule conflict in the future. Don't even mention that you're going back to school at the interview.

If it's a job that requires you to have finished college, then they probably aren't going to hire you anyways. If a company is willing to hire you but also want you to finish school, say at the interview you can finish your studies part time.
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I`d write "ongoing" or "enrolled" but in your case I think "drop out" would be more applicable.
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ullyeus wrote:
Feb 6th, 2009 11:12 am
I`d write "ongoing" or "enrolled" but in your case I think "drop out" would be more applicable.
I would just write "present"
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It depends alot on the type of work you are going for. I just graduated but sometimes I wish I still had student status, or able to say I am going back to full time studies some time in the near future.

There are lots of jobs for people taking an "Internship" but require you to return to school, big companies like RIM seem to ignore new grads with no internship or coop experience.

And there are programs like FSWEP that you are likely eligible for, that can turn into a career later on.

Just change it up depending on who you are applying for, it is rare that I ever send out the same resume more than twice. For longer term prospects just say you went to college from 2005-2008, for others say 2005-present.
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tell 'em this.

On ur resume, put part tiem student.

In the interview, say u decided you wanted some real life experience as well as your degree or whater ur finishing. U are planning to finish ur program part time but you are goign to take correspondance so that it won't interfear with your job.

This way, it just makes it sound like you made a well thought out decision based on your career goals.
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I got my first job while thinking of dropping out of college, I just stated that courses were not demanding enough and I plan on enrolling at another institution. On your resume just put a like;

xxx uni 2002-2003

or something like that. -sg
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