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Asked by Onohije on March 7, 2018

I didn't finish college, but completed one semester. Should i include that in my resume? If so, how?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on March 18, 2018

Hi there!  With only completing one semester it is totally not necessary to list it on your applications/resume. I would, however, focus on your skills, highlighting special projects you’ve worked on, critical skills you’ve gained in a position, etc. 

Now take a second and think about whether or not your time in college influenced your plans.  Did you learn something great that you want to be able to speak to in an interview?  Did you take a class during that semester that might be of interest to the company you want to work for?  There are opportunities to weave that experience into the narrative about you.  So if it would positively work for you, go for it. 

Best of luck!

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Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on March 28, 2018

Hello! I would include some of the courses you took during that semester if they are directly related to the job in which you are applying, but I would make sure that you are stating in some fashion that you strictly only took courses and didn’t in fact receive a degree. You can utilize anything you may have learned or any experience gained through these courses and turn that into a selling point. If there is any way that these courses can positively influence your skills during an interview then I would recommend highlighting that information. It is important for your resume to consist of facts that you can speak upon in a beneficial way, but also remember that you don’t want to mislead anyone who may be viewing it. I hope this helps and best of luck in your job search!

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