How to List a GED on Your Resume and Job Applications
The GED Opens Up Many Job Options
Many students who don't finish high school take the GED tests and receive a GED diploma or certificate. GED is the acronym for the General Educational Development Tests which are high school equivalency tests.
What is a GED?
What is a GED? A General Education Diploma (or certificate) is a series of tests for individuals who have not graduated from high school. The tests measure proficiency in science, mathematics, social studies, reading, and writing at the high school level.
A GED is also known as a high equivalency degree.
The GED credential certifies that individuals who pass the exam have the equivalent knowledge and skills to a high school graduate. When a person passes the GED, they are issued a GED diploma or certificate, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma.
The GED and Employment
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, college, and other classes and continuing education courses.
State Equivalency Exams
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 of 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. It will replace the standard listing for the high school an individual graduated from.
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.
- If you have significant work experience, you don't have to list education on your resume.
- If you don't have continuing education or work experience to include on your resume, you should list your GED in the Education section.
- You will need to list your GED diploma on job applications.
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)
How to List a California Certificate of Proficiency
Here's how to list a California Certificate of Proficiency on your resume.
Use this format for any other special GED equivalency: begin with the appropriate abbreviation and spell out all the words inside a set of parenthesis.
- CHSPE Certificate (Certificate of Proficiency from the State of California)
What Is the Value of a GED?
Why is it important to get your GED if you didn't graduate from high school? A GED will give you a certificate that counts as a high school diploma. It is your path to more options as you join or continue in the workforce.
- 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 colleges require applicants to have a GED or a high school diploma.
Without a GED or high school diploma, it will be difficult to find decent employment.
It's especially hard when unemployment is high and there is a lot of competition for the jobs that are available.
GED vs. High School Diploma
According to the American Council on Education, about 96% 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. You can join the military with a GED, but the requirements are more stringent than for candidates who have graduated from high school.
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.