The education section of your resume can be of great importance if you’re a new graduate or if you don’t have much work experience. That’s why many want to know how to add a minor on a resume. Should you even be adding a minor to your resume?
We’ll cover when and how to include a minor on a resume.
Should you include your minor on a resume?
You should add your minor only if it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for.
Remember that your resume needs to contain information that’s relevant to the position. Information that’s irrelevant will do more harm than good.
If you’re applying for an entry-level accounting position and you list anthropology as a minor – well it looks kind of ridiculous. On the other hand if you majored in accounting and minored in finance – that would be relevant and beneficial.
How to list a minor on your resume.
You should list your minor underneath the your degree, school name and location.
If it’s not obvious what your major was by the name of your degree – you would also include “Major”.
Let’s take a look at two examples:
Emphasize the minor if it’s relevant
You want to ensure that the hiring manager takes notice of your minor if it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for. For example, if your major was accounting and your minor was finance – it would be really beneficial if you’re applying for an accounting position at a big financial company.
Where would you emphasize it?
It’s something you could mention in the summary of your resume.
You could also mention it on your cover letter – for example:
I feel I would be a great match for this position as I not only have a degree in accounting but also a minor in finance…
Adding your minor to your resume if it’s relevant can give you a leg up on the other candidates. Remember that your resume should contain information that’s relevant to the position. When a hiring manager looks at your resume they’re basically asking – “Why are you a good fit for THIS position”.
Good luck with your job search!