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If these are all good reasons to add Dean’s List to your resume, then what are a few reasons to avoid adding it?
If you only made Dean’s List one semester at your college, then it’s probably best to avoid putting it on your resume. Rather than having this draw attention to your skills, it may make recruiters wonder why you didn’t receive Dean’s List for your other semesters. It’s best to leave this off if you only received it for a single semester.
You should also consider passing this achievement over if it’s been many years since you were in school. Dean’s List awards would make more sense if you received them in the last four to five years. If it’s been longer than that, then Dean’s List awards may not be as applicable to you. Instead, focus on more recent achievements you’ve had in the last few years.
Lastly, if you have many other achievements to list, then you can pass over the Dean’s List achievement, especially if it’s been a few years since you received it. Again, focusing on more recent achievements, especially achievements from your professional experience, is always going to be better than just focusing on your life during your college career.
If you made the Dean’s List for more than half your semesters, then you might want to include it in your awards section with phrasing like, “Dean’s List 3 semesters.” If you made it for less than half of your semesters, then it’s typically best to avoid it.
A wide variety of college students may receive the Dean’s List award, depending on the grade point average required, while other academic achievements may be limited to just a few students. You always want to list whatever academic achievements you’ve made that have the fewest individuals attached to it.
When you get into a job interview, you may need to talk about your Dean’s List achievements. Use them to highlight what your successes have taught you about work, including how you’ve used your success to push forward and how it led you to the point you’re at now. You can also tie it into any relevant coursework you did that you really enjoyed or really excelled at.
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