For job seekers who haven't graduated from high school, the GED is a good option to show employers that you have the same credentials as a high school graduate. Your GED can be listed on your resume and job applications, just as you would list high school, if you had attended, college, and other classes and continuing education courses.
Some states have their own equivalency exams. For example, the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) is an exam for high school students in California who wish to leave high school early. Students who pass the CHSPE exam receive a Certificate of Proficiency from the State of California. A CHSPE degree is the legal equivalent to a California high school diploma.
Regardless of the type of high school equivalency certificate or diploma you have, it can be listed on your resume in the Education section where you would list high school, if you had graduated.
Listing a GED on Your Resume and Job Applications
How should you list your GED on your resume and job applications? If you have graduated from college or are attending college after earning your GED, you don't need to list your GED on your resume. You only need to include your college education in the Education section of your resume.
In addition, if you have significant work experience, you don't have to list education on your resume. However, you will need to list your GED diploma on job applications.
If you don't have continuing education or work experience to include on your resume, you should list your GED in the Education section. Here's an example of a GED certificate listing on a resume:
- General Educational Development Certificate
The following is an example of a GED diploma listed on a resume:
- General Educational Development Diploma
When You Are Working on a GED
When you are still working on the GED, but haven't obtained your certificate or diploma yet, you could list your GED as in progress:
- General Educational Development Diploma, Currently Enrolled
- General Educational Development Diploma (In Progress)
Here's how to list a California Certificate of Proficiency on your resume:
CHSPE Certificate (Certificate of Proficiency from the State of California)
The Value of a GED
Why is it important to get your GED if you haven't graduated from high school? A GED will give you a diploma that counts as a high school diploma. Many employers seek applicants with at least a high school diploma or GED, even for entry level positions. Apprenticeship programs typically require apprentices to have graduated high school or to have a GED to be considered for the program. Most college require applicants to have a GED or a high school diploma.
Without a GED or high school diploma, it will be difficult to job search. It's especially hard when unemployment is high and there is a lot of competition for available jobs.
GED vs. High School Diploma
According to the American Council on Education, about 96 percent of U.S. employers accept the GED credential as equal to a traditional high school diploma. In general, most employers in private industry and government, as well as admissions offices in colleges and universities accept a GED certificate or diploma as they would a high school diploma.
That's why it's important to list your GED on your resume, if you haven't attended college. It shows the employer that you have the same credentials as a high school graduate.
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