How do I list my education when I have a minor? This is how i have it right now.

BS Merchandising, x College, 2006
Minor,  Management, x College, 2006



jhack's picture

You don't need to put your minor on your resume: 

BS Merchandising , x College, 2006 

That's it.  If you're early in your career, you can talk about your studies in Management during the interview.  


dearcory's picture

My area of profession is HR though. Wouldn't having it on be more relevant to my field than not having it listed?

asteriskrntt1's picture

Hi Cory

Listening is John Hack is usually a good first step.  I don't think listing a minor in management at the bottom of your resume screams HR to the reader.  Your job descriptions and accomplishments will do that for you.  That being said, I did a double major in my MBA and I include that because I am trying to do marketing in the financial services vertical.

However, if you had some special training or a designation in HR, you should add that.  Or if you have done some professional development, you might want to add a small (I repeat, small) subsection on Ongoing or Professional development to highlight your HR background. 

Others on here might have differing opinions - I think recruiters like seeing lifelong learners or people who do continuous self or professional development.  This (rightly or wrongly) is how I end my resume:

MBA (Finance/Marketing double major) YEAR, Business School, University or College
CACE (Certificate in Adult & Continuing Education) YEAR, School, University or College
BA (major) Year, University or College

Professional Development: Roughly 20 courses, seminars, lectures on communication and leadership (Dale Carnegie, Toastmasters, Brian Tracey, Zig Ziglar, Life Underwriters) plus 1000+ podcasts on Management Theory and Thought Leadership (Manager Tools, HBR, Wharton) and Economics/Business (Bloomberg, Deloitte, Business Week)


PS - I hope to add the MT conferences at some point



dearcory's picture

Thank you both so much! I will take both of your advice and leave my accomplishments to speak for me.

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I'm not sure from your reply what course of action you're going to take, so just in case:

1. Don't put your minor on a separate line.

2.  If you feel you MUST put it on your resume, include it on the same line.  BS Merchandising (Minor: Management/HR), X College, Year

3. I don't even recommend THAT.  We don't recommend including the minor at all.  You'll get little value from it.

I do NOT recommend adding additional certifications as Asterisk has suggested, unless they are added as bullets in the job you achieved them in.

Recruiters DO want life-long learners, but do NOT want 4-5-6 lines spent showing what you have done.  We assume you are a learner if you have consistently been given more responsibilities and handled them well enough that your accomplishments impress us.

Recruiters believe, thanks to years of building reasonable heuristics, that those people who put lots of life long learner stuff on their resumes are wanting to be judged as a learner, when what recruiters want are people who accomplish their objectives at a high level.

I urge you to be minimalistic in the presentation of your education.  If all you have is an undergraduate degree, only include that.  (Don't think it's a weakness - it's all I have as well).  Fill up those extra lines with accomplishments.

And good luck!


stephenbooth_uk's picture

Things like minors are probably only desirable on your resume shortly after you graduate and when relevant to the job you're applying for.

If you graduated in 2006 then you're probably on the cusp of moving out of 'shortly after you graduate', if not passed it.  Once you've been graduated a few years most employers, in my experience, will be far more interested in what you did after graduation than the exact details of your degree.  "Do you have a degree? Yes?  Cool, moving on..."  Exceptions tend to be academia and jobs where your degree is part of a professional acreditation that you're expected to keep up.

If your minor is directly relevant to a job and you don't have many work achievements relevant then consider including your minor.

The experience I'm basing this on is that I graduated in 1993 with a BSc in Biochemistry.  Due to being in the middle of recession combined with the fact that the UK government had severely cut back on public funding for research (the area I'd been aiming for) I was unemployed for some time.  I took a number of short term jobs so as to have some income and survive until the job market picked up.   This was a very common experience for people who graduated around that time.  Unfortunately by the time things started to improve (1996) my Biochemistry skills and knowledge were seriously out of date.  When I graduated 'Polyerase Chain Reaction' was some weird thing that only a few researchers were doing, within 18 months every job advert was asking for experience of it and it was part of every Biochemistry degree course.  Not being able to find any jobs that didn't need experience of PCR or any way to get the experience (and now competing against 3 years of graduates who had studied it in their degree course) I looked to other fields.  I soon found a job that had a skills profile that was very close to what I'd done in a subsidiary degree (one year, 5 hours a week, course studied along side the principle degree) I'd studied in my first year at university.  In my application I emphasised that course and got the job!


dearcory's picture

What I meant by my post was that I was going to only include my undergraduate degree, and then focus on my accomplishments. I started off in customer care, and during my last year of school an hr position opened up, I applied and got it.  I was in charge of 3 locations, and since it was a new position in the company, me and other hr coordinators in other districts had to pretty much create everything from scratch. It was a very strategic position and I grew alot with that position.

Now I guess my next question is, Should I list my employment dates as month year - month year, with company name, location, and last position title, followed with my HR responsibilies, and bullets of accomplishments? Then, leave the last couple bullets for the customer care position, resonsibilities, and an accomplishment or two? If that makes sense..