6 Tips to Add Double Major on Your Resume

Your resume plays the same role in your job like the key does to open your house’s main door. If you use the wrong key, you will spend your night outside of your home.

This is why it’s crucial to carve professional yet brief curriculum vitae before applying for a job. Additionally, writing everything properly also matters.

For the same reason, there are some rules to write your double majors on a CV. You can’t just place your degrees and majors anywhere you want.

So do you want to learn how you can put double majors on your resume? Here we have mentioned steps to list your educational background on your CV to differentiate you from other candidates.

How to Put Your Double Major on a Resume?

It’s not a difficult task to carve your resume when you have a little guidance. All you need to do is to put the right information in the right place.

This rule is also applicable to writing your double majors on your curriculum vitae. Of course, you should build your resume in such a way that the recruiter could view your educational background in a sec.

In case if they not, you might have no chance of even getting a call for an interview.

Likewise, the sequence of your education really matters. Do you even consider writing your that major or degree first, which is more related to the job?

See, I catch you. You might not have even known that it is the proper way of shaping your resume.

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So, to help you understand the professional way of structuring your resume and mentioning your majors, we have written the procedure in steps. Let’s read it.

1. Choose Layout of Education Section for Your Resume

First thing first, choose the layout of your resume. Formatting the education section in your curriculum vitae is the first thing you need to consider to include a double major.

What you need to do first is to jot down your education in reverse chronological order. This means you need to write your most recent achievement in academic activities first.

Suppose if you have recently completed a Master’s degree and before that, you have done bachelors, then the Master’s degree will come first in the list, followed by the bachelor’s one.

Another thing you need to do is to write your degree with important information. For each entry, note down your college’s name, passing year of that degree, degree title, your double major (one by one), and other additional academic achievements like awards or certifications.

Highlighting all the aspects of your education shows recruiters that you are ready to accomplish the company’s objectives, making you distinct from other candidates.

2. Write Both Degrees as Separate Degrees

Okay, the next step is to list both of your degrees separately in the education section. It is important for those who have more than one degree, like a person with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

Moreover, people who have taken two degrees in Master’s or Bachelor’s, for instance, a person with a Master’s degree in Psychology as well as in Marketing.

If you fall in any of the mentioned categories, then list your degrees separately in the academic section.

Obviously, you don’t want the hiring manager to get confused and mix up all your educational information. Moreover, you need to mention the double majors under each degree.

3. Place the Relevant Major First

Once you have started to write the information about your degrees, it’s time to think which of your majors are most relevant to the job you are applying for.

You need to put the major in the curriculum vitae according to their relevancy.

Suppose you are applying for a job as a content writer, and you have two majors –one in psychology and the other in English. In that case, you need to list the English major first under your degree.

This would help show the hiring manager that you have essential skills to do this job. After that, you can write the other major.

Please, don’t think to exclude the irrelevant major from the resume, as it gives a good impression to the interviewer that you have spent so much time and effort to gain knowledge. This makes them think that you will do the same for their company.

4. Highlight Minors

Highlighting your minor is another main thing you need to do. If you have studied a minor that is relevant to your dream job, write it under the corresponding degree.

For example, if you are thinking of applying as a teacher, and you have majors in English and education, and also have a minor in psychology, it can help you get the job for the youth counselor position.

This means that you can avail of a better option by just mentioning your skills in a proper setting.

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Not to mention, listing a minor in your curriculum vitae relevant to your dream job helps the hiring managers to see the several skill sets and knowledge you have. Surely, the recruiter will call you for an interview.

5. Include Pertinent Coursework

Once you have entered all your degrees with their majors and minors, you can add any additional coursework, awards, and certification you have achieved related to your dream job.

For instance, you can add achievements like performance awards, specialty certifications, complex coursework, and other credentials highlighting your capability to achieve and prioritize your goals.

The most important aspect that every employer looks into is whether a candidate is motivated and wants to grow in their career. You can show this by listing your skills and knowledge.

6. Proofread Your Resume

Have you ever read your resume after carving it out? Do you even think that your resume can have some mistakes? Actually, most people don’t.

A resume with even one mistake can ruin your chance of getting your desire job. Hiring managers will not take a second to throw your curriculum vitae in the dustbin if they find any error in your resume.

So, it’s important to proofread anything professional you write, including emails.

Check the grammatical errors and typos before printing and submitting your CV for the job. Not to mention, review your academic background to ensure that you have followed the steps accurately and have written everything on it.

Also, recheck other sections in your résumé, like the personal information section and extracurricular activities section.

Bottom Line

Now that you have learned a proper way to write double majors in your resume, you can easily create one on your own. Just make sure to consider all the mentioned factors.

Marissa Letendre, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Marissa Letendre is a senior HR leader and resume expert with over 12 years of experience. She has worked for both startups and Fortune 50 corporations and has helped thousands land jobs at top companies. Marissa has written on a wide range of topics, including employee engagement, career development, resumes, job searching, recruiting, and organizational effectiveness and has been featured on sites such as Slack and The Undercover Recruiter.

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