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Résumé Help: The ABCs of Credentials on Your Résumé

By Debra Wheatman

On August 19, 2013

In Resume Help

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Today we examine the top of Paul’s résumé.  In fact, we are looking at just the very first line on his résumé, the title line. Paul has a few qualifying credentials, including two degrees and an industry certification.   He has listed these credentials after his name.  Is this right?  Is it pretentious?  What is appropriate?  Let’s dig deeper on this topic so the first words on your résumé will not be a turn-off!

Paul M. Ermonte, BA, MBA, MCSE

Here are a few tips to help you determine which, if any, of your credentials are appropriate to list after your name on the title line of your résumé. 

  • All degrees relevant to your career goal should be listed at the bottom of the résumé under the “Education” category.  All industry and professional certifications related to your career goal should be listed under the “Professional Certifications” category on your résumé.
  • The only academic credentials (degrees) that you should list after your name at the top of the résumé should be doctorate level degrees, such as MD, DO, DDS, DVM, PhD, and EdD.  A master’s degree or bachelor’s degree should never be included after your name.  It does not rise to the level of a doctorate degree and is not appropriate on that top line.
  • If you are applying for a position that requires a master’s degree (An MBA or MFA for example), you can include that in the résumé summary.  However, adding it to the top line after your name is not appropriate.
  • Professional credentials such as a CPA (Certified Professional Accountant) or PE (Professional Engineer) are highly-specialized credentials.   Only list the professional credential specifically related to your job goal. Also, only list the high-caliber, marquis credentials.  What defines high-caliber?  Credentials that involve coursework, underlying degrees, practical work experience in the field, peer reviewed work, research papers, and an exam are of status above certifications that require online coursework and /or an exam.  The other defining element is a credential that is the industry-recognized standard to show the candidate is able to practice in a certain occupation, such as RN.

If you are in doubt about whether to include a specific credential, it is better to omit it from the top line and mention it in the summary.  Write me with this or any résumé question.  I am happy to help.

269 thoughts on “Résumé Help: The ABCs of Credentials on Your Résumé”

  • SPHR, SHRM-SCP  says:
    May 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    When including professional certifications, not necessarily on the resume, but in general, what order should they go in when they are of equal value, but administered by different organizations.

    • Empy  says:
      March 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Can someone please answer this question? I have the same question.

      • Debra Wheatman  says:
        March 28, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        What is your question? People ask specific questions. I don’t see a question.

        Deb

        • TC  says:
          March 29, 2018 at 9:03 am

          If i have two separate bachelors degrees, can i list them both after my name Jane Doe BA, BSN

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            March 29, 2018 at 10:58 am

            You can. I generally don’t recommend listing BA or BS at the top. However, there are no rules governing these things. If you want them both up there go for it.

            Deb

          • Pilar  says:
            April 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

            The original question was, “When including professional certifications, not necessarily on the resume, but in general, what order should they go in when they are of equal value, but administered by different organizations”? For example, I have CPTM, CCMP, and PMP certifications – which order should they go in after my name?

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            April 6, 2018 at 12:27 pm

            Hi:

            Since they are all equal in value it doesn’t matter the order. The way you reference them in your note is fine.

            Deb

          • Glen  says:
            May 6, 2019 at 6:30 am

            May i ask for help, what would be the sequence for all the credentials i have got. BSN, RN, LPT, MAed-English Language. Please help what to write and the sequence. Than you so much

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            May 6, 2019 at 7:35 am

            Hi Glen:

            You can reference them in the sequence you have state above.

            Best,
            Deb

        • Joshua Bramley  says:
          November 21, 2018 at 1:06 pm

          The more specific question that I have related to this is regarding professional licensure. Suppose a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) has both an MA and a PhD in clinical psychology, but their licensure is based upon the MA. When representing themselves as an LMFT, should it be listed Dr. John Q. Public, MA, LMFT, PhD or something different?

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            November 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm

            Hi:

            I would actually reference it like this:

            LMFT, MA, PhD

            I understand that the license is based on the MA – but I would still list that license first.

            D

        • GPC  says:
          November 29, 2018 at 9:22 am

          What about professional licensures? I work in Behavioral health and our LCSW’s (clinical therapists) get the same titling as a PhD in psychology. IE: John Smith, LCSW, LMFT is appropriate the same as John Smith, PhD Psy. Then theres me who is neither but have graduate certificates and a title of SSA. Why would professional licensing not go on top? A lawyer would put esq what cant an LCSW put that?

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            November 29, 2018 at 11:07 am

            Hi there:

            You can certainly put LCSW after your name. That is perfectly fine.

            Best,
            Deb

        • Roy  says:
          December 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

          HI! I’m a licensed physical therapist but currently not practicing it. I’m currently working in a healthcare industry. Do I need to put my professional license credential or there’s no need for it to be there? like for example, roy sarigumba, ptrp

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            December 17, 2018 at 7:25 pm

            Hi Roy:

            If you are not currently practicing, then I don’t see any reason to include it after your name.

            Best,
            Deb

  • Arthur  says:
    November 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I have a M.S. , but my son just obtained his 2nd master’s degree in science. We were trying to figure out how he would add his bachelor’s of arts and his two master’s in science to his name? Thank you for any help you can provide.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      November 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Hi:

      I think you are asking if MS and BS should be included after his name. If that is the case, I don’t recommend including that after the name at the top. The education should be included in that section on the resume. If your son had a Ph.D., then I would include that after his name. Or, if he had a CPA. The other degrees don’t bear referencing after the name at the top of the resume. If you look at the original post, I indicate therein that BA and MS or MA, etc. should not be included after the name. I hope that helps you! Thank you for writing.

      • Sy Als  says:
        September 7, 2017 at 7:14 am

        Hello Debra,
        Thank you for your advice. I understand that you do not recommend putting MS in the title. However, in my field, hokding an MS puts one in the “highly qualified” category. Should I put MS in my title? Would this be an exception? I am a teacher, holding MSEd.

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          September 7, 2017 at 7:23 am

          Yes. Absolutely put it there then. There are no “right” answers. You do what works. If that puts you in the “highly Qualified” category – then get it right up there.

          D

          • WCV  says:
            December 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm

            I see doctors write their titles as, for example, Dr. Mark Reeds, Ed.D. I always thought that this was incorrect. Shouldn’t it be Mark Reeds, Ed.D.?

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            December 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

            Hi:

            Yes. That is correct. It would be Mark Reeds, Ed.D. for a Doctor of Education.

            Deb

          • L  says:
            February 14, 2018 at 3:56 am

            I would like to clear up a small matter. People that have professional masters degrees are entitled to use the degree after their name. Although doctoral degrees exists these are known as terminal degrees. Examples include MBA, MPA, MFA, M,Ed. M.Arch., MSW ect. However if you have an MS or MA it would be considered incorrect to use MA or MS after your name. These degrees are academic degrees and should not be used unless the its a PhD.

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            February 14, 2018 at 6:52 am

            Thank you for writing. However, people are entitled to use those degrees after their name if they choose. There is no law governing this. While those degrees are not terminal, for a resume people can call attention to their accomplishments in a way that brands them appropriately with their intended audience. So, in fact, there is nothing wrong or “incorrect” about it. While I am not an advocate of listing those degrees after a name, if it helps to market someone then it is absolutely the thing to do.

            Best,

            Deb

      • Justapasserby  says:
        December 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        Hello, I am an RN and has masters in nursing (MAN). I am currently underemployed. My question is: Can i put Name, RN, MAN in the email signature? Thank you.

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          December 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

          Hi:

          Yes. You can include that in your email signature. I hope that you can interview and get a position that is worthy of you!

          Deb

        • J. Bailey  says:
          August 5, 2018 at 11:42 am

          The correct abbreviation for a master’s degree in nursing is “MSN”

          • Roxanne  says:
            March 22, 2019 at 11:52 pm

            There is such a degree as Master of Arts degree in Nursing so they are correct using MAN. Not all nursing masters are MSN.

      • EngineerGuy  says:
        July 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm

        Hello Debra:
        I would go so far as to note that whether or not to include credentials at the top of a resume can very likely be dependent on where the applicant is submitting their resume, and/or what specific field the applicant is planning to pursue. I personally have a Masters in Engineering, a Bachelors in Science, two separate Associates Degrees, and professional certifications. I have worked with several professional placement services, and even recruiters working directly for the companies for which I am submitting resume’s. Often times, these services are invaluable as they may know exactly what hiring managers want to see in resume form from their applicants.
        For example, I had one specific recruiter working for a company for which I was applying, and they insisted that a 3-page resume be reduced to a single page with all of my credentials listed immediately at the top as:

        … and so forth
        “Legal Citizen of the United States of America”

        While I can appreciate that this is all at the top, it is certainly way too much for 70% of the positions for which I have applied. Some do want the format exactly as you have mentioned, but I have found it best to either ask if it is at all possible.
        Your advice is sound, but it is an important aspect to keep in mind.
        Thanks for your advice.

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          July 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

          Thank you for writing. In fact, that is what I always say. There is no rule regarding what to put at the top. Unfortunately, many people do not have the luxury of being able to ask what a recruiter or hiring manager wants. As you (or anyone) apply for a role, you do what you think is best or most appropriate given the circumstances.

          Best,

          Deb

        • EngineerGuy  says:
          July 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm

          *** I apologize to those interested in seeing that resume “format”, as it did not come through to the posting as I had typed it in my original post.
          Format:
          -Name-
          -Degree Highest- -GPA-
          -Degree next Highest- -GPA- … and so forth
          “Legal Citizen of the United States of America”
          -Job Titles-
          -Address and other contact information, phone, email, etc.-

          Thank you for your reply!
          Cheers

      • Regina Reed  says:
        July 28, 2018 at 5:43 pm

        I just want to clarify, you’re recommending not putting non-doctoral terminal degrees after a name?

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          July 28, 2018 at 6:25 pm

          Hi Regina:

          There are no “rules” regarding this. However, I generally leave the degrees off unless it is a Ph.D. or other similar terminal degree. So, I think MBA, MS, BS etc. should not be included. JD, Ph.D., and many others that are industry specific or relevant to a particular field I would recommend including. In the end, each situation is different.

          I hope that helps.

          Deb

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  • Carly  says:
    January 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Should I include my RD credential (Registered Dietitian) next to my name on my resume? I am applying for a Masters Program that you need your RD for in order to apply. Thank you.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Hi:

      Yes. Include the RD after your name on your resume. Also include the program in the education section of your resume and any related information regarding your training. Good luck! Deb

  • Karsi  says:
    February 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I was doing my resume and was wondering if credentials need to be in order. Ex. Name, RDA, RDH or vise versa. Thank you!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 6, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Karisi:

      Your name needs to be listed first followed by your credentials. The order in which the credentials appear is up to you. Generally I list them in order of when they were received, but it doesn’t really matter.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Mark Barry  says:
    February 9, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    We as professionals seem to get so focused on titles and credentials. Do HR professional when reviewing resumes focus heavy on credentials.?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 9, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Mark:

      Thank you for writing. I think that HR professionals, as well as hiring managers, look for the experiences that closely match the position for which they are hiring. They are looking for candidates that have the experience and skills necessary to fill the role. If they see those things on the resume, the candidate will likely be called for an interview. It is then up to the candidate during the interview to convey these things in an articulate manner. Of course, the candidate needs to have other traits / qualities that would represent a good fit for both sides. I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, please feel free to write in!

  • Dee Walker  says:
    February 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I received my master’s degree this past May in public relations, and my classmates & I were discussing credentials. First, should we put it after our names on resume’s & careers sites, but also should it be MA or MPR?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 18, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Generally, for people who have completed a master’s, I don’t recommend putting the abbreviation after the name on the resume. You can do it in LinkedIN. If you had a Ph.D. or CPA or something similar, that would be included on the resume. For a master’s, it is not necessary. You can include it in the education section as you did with your bachelor’s degree.

      • Jane Smith  says:
        March 8, 2016 at 2:37 am

        What if you have both a PhD and a CPA and are looking for accounting specific teaching positions. Should you list both after your name. (i.e. Jane Smith, PhD, CPA)?

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          March 8, 2016 at 7:24 am

          Hi:

          Yes. You would list Ph.D., CPA after your name.

          Deb

          • Grace  says:
            August 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

            I received my BSN on 6/19, passed RN 7/29, and have a Respiratory Therapy degree (associate) RRT on 6/30/2013. What are your recommendation? I normally have it as Name, BSN, RN, RRT.. I feel like it is a mistake

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            August 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm

            Why do you think it is a mistake? It’s fine exactly like that.

            Deb

  • Mary  says:
    March 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I have an MHA (Master of Healthcare Admin.) an RTR (Registered Radiology Tech- similar to RN) and CPHQ (certified professional in health quality) What is that appropriate order to display them after my name?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Mary:

      Thanks for writing. There is no “correct” order to display them. You can use MHA, RTR, CPHQ after your name.

      Deb

      • Dr. Davis  says:
        May 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm

        The order that most executives I know (with graduate education) employ is: 1. Highest degree obtained 2. Highest degree obtained in secondary field (if applicable) 3. Professional License (if applicable) 4. Certifications 5. Honors (I.e. Fellow of the American Heart Association)

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          May 27, 2016 at 7:32 pm

          Thank you, Dr. Davis, for your comment!

          Debra

  • jim j  says:
    March 31, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I am a lawyer and CPA with a masters degree in accounting called an MPA. How should I list these on a business card? Would JD, MPA, CPA be appropriate

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 31, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Jim:

      Thanks for writing. It is not necessary to list the MPA. You can simply put JD, CPA after your name.

      Best,
      Debra

      • sanchita  says:
        June 21, 2016 at 4:14 am

        Is it incorrect to write master degree after JD ??

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          June 21, 2016 at 8:39 am

          Thank you for writing. I generally don’t list a master’s degree.

          Deb

          • David Hopper  says:
            May 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

            I have a similar question, but about resumes/CV not business cards. I have just earned a JD and LLM, but I also just started and MA degree, that while related to the LLM, is in a different field. (Specifically the LLM is Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, the MA is National Security Studies with a concentration in International Security.) 1) What are the best practices when listing this information on a resume/CV that is for a job related to these fields. 2) What are the best practices when listing this information for jobs not related to the degrees, for example if I am just applying for a law job somewhere.

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            May 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

            Hi David:

            I don’t recommend listing the MA after your name. That is my general rule. Of course, since there are no “rules” per se, you can do what you see fit.

            IF you are listing a degree after your name for a position in a related field, use the degree that relates. To just apply for a legal job, you can decide. If you want to list JD, LLM that is fine. Or, you can choose to leave it off entirely and just keep all of your education in the Education section of the resume. Again, there are no “rules” here so you can do what makes you comfortable.

            Deb

          • David Hopper  says:
            May 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm

            Thank you very much for quickly replying. I agree, I will not put any of those acronyms after my name on a business card. When I get barred, I will simply add attorney and counselor at law.

            I was hoping you could help in the areas of resumes however.

  • Leticia  says:
    April 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hi. I need help. I just got a call for an interview yesterday evening. The interview i have is on Monday morning. I just checked my email and they asked me to email them a list of my credentials. I do not have any degrees or certificates. My past job history has been in call centers and customer service. This job is for a receptionist type position. Im not sure what to do or write up. I submitted my resume already, so Im really confused as to what to email them now. Im not sure if you will get this before Monday but i appreciate your help and info!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Leticia:

      Thank you for writing. I would write them back and ask what credentials they are referring to in the note. Indicate that you submitted a resume and that your past history is with call centers and customer service. Explain that you do not have a degree.

      I hope this helps you.

      Deb

  • V Smith  says:
    April 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Hi, I have a BA and a Masters of Arts in Strategic Communication. BA, MA after my name?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Hi:

      No. You would not put either after your name.

      Deb

  • audrey  says:
    April 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I am a LSW is there a location on the resume where I indicate that. it is essential since w/o the ‘L’, I would not be considered. thanks (Licensed Social Worker)

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Audrey:

      As a licensed social worker, you would put LSW after your name at the top of the resume. You would also include this in the academic section at the bottom, including where you completed your LSW.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Andrew Carson  says:
    May 4, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I am curious why you say not to list an MFA after your name. You state “f you are applying for a position that requires a master’s degree (An MBA or MFA for example), you can include that in the résumé summary. However, adding it to the top line after your name is not appropriate.” An MFA is typically the terminal academic degree in art and design fields and is considered equivalent to a Ph.D. Could you please explain?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 4, 2016 at 7:52 am

      Hi Andrew:

      Thank you for writing. An MFA is not a Ph.D. Typically only the advanced class of degrees and certifications appear after the name (Ph.D., MD CPA etc.) I say to include something about it in the summary so it has a presence at the top. the MFA is not a terminal degree; there are many Ph.D. programs available for the fine arts. As with anything, nothing is written in stone and if you want to include the MFA after your name, you should feel free to do so.

      Best,
      Debra

      • Jason  says:
        March 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm

        Hello. The MFA is a terminal degree. FYI.

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          March 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm

          Thanks. I’m aware.

  • Anita Hoggard  says:
    May 9, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Hi, I have recently received my SPHR credential. Should I put it behind my name on my resume’? Thanks Anita

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 9, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Hi Anita:

      Yes. You can add the credential after your name.

      Best,

      Debra

  • Jerika  says:
    May 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hi, I am a special ed teacher with a masters in special education, how would I write that on a business card to give to parents with my contact information?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Jerika:

      I would write on the card the following:

      Your Name
      Special Education Teacher – Master in Special Education
      Contact email. Contact Phone

      Some colleges provide a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education, whereas others provide a Master of Science (M.S.) in Special Education or a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Special Education. Depending on your degree, you could also put the degree after your name: Your Name, M.Ed.

      I hope that helps.

      Debra

      • Fara  says:
        September 21, 2018 at 12:46 pm

        Hi Debra, I have a Masters in Special Ed, would I write it out as M.S. Ed. Special Education? Thanks for your help!

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          September 21, 2018 at 2:28 pm

          Hi:

          I would use:

          M.Ed., Special Education

          Deb

  • casey  says:
    May 11, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I have a clinical doctorate in Physical therapy (DPT) and i am a licensed physical therapist (PT) which one goes first after the name?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 11, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Hi Casey:

      It doesn’t really matter. You can list it like this:

      Name, DPT,PT

      Best,
      Deb

  • Taguen  says:
    May 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Deb. I own a chiropractic clinic and we are listing the names of our registered massage therapists (RMTs) on the front window. Is the proper format ‘Joe Smith RMT’ or ‘Joe Smith, RMT’? Thanks for your help.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Taguen:

      Thanks for writing. I would reference it like this:

      Joe Smith, RMT

      Good luck!

      Deb

  • Amy N  says:
    June 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Quick question, although not specific to resumes. I have an employee who has a BS in dietetics. She is not registered. She routinely signs documents and emails with BSD, which I feel is incorrect as it does not rise to the level of an advanced degree. Do you believe the same rules you outlined above apply to other mediums as well (email, literature, business cards)?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      June 18, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Amy:

      Thank you for writing. BSD would not be correct. For an undergraduate degree,the acronym is BS. Since the employee is not registered, there should be nothing included after BS. I hope this helps!

      Deb

      • Amy N  says:
        June 19, 2016 at 1:29 am

        Yes, I am sorry I didn’t state my question clearly enough. (I agree bachelors are BS only). But, above, you indicate not to list credentials for undergrad degrees after your name on a resume. Do you believe the same applies to other communication such as business cards, emails, etc? In other words, while her resume should be just Jane Doe, not Jane Doe, BS, should I have her business cards and email signature also omit BS? Thank you!!

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          June 19, 2016 at 7:54 am

          Hi Amy:

          Yes. It applies to other communications as well. She would not put Jane Doe, BS on business cars or in an email signature.

          Deb

          • Karen  says:
            January 5, 2018 at 12:37 am

            Debra, I have a similar question for you. I hold a B.A and am also a registered Behavioral Technician in my field. I’m not wondering about resumes, but am wondering if it would be okay to sign my name, Karen Lastname B.A. R.B.T on business emails to my boss and the client, etc. Please let me know, as I only want to do whats appropriate, yet still appropriately communicate that I am capable.

          • Debra Wheatman  says:
            January 5, 2018 at 8:21 am

            Hi Karen:

            Yes. You can sign your name that way. Generally, I don’t think it is important to include BA. I would just put RBT. However, there is no issue with writing it as follows: BA, RBT.

            Best,

            Deb

  • Kat  says:
    June 29, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Deb,
    I’m currently a law student making a resume for applications to law firms hiring for student positions. Prior to entering law school, I earned the IRES MCM professional designation. Given that this is the only professional certification I’ve earned, when constructing my resume, would it be better, in your opinion, to include it under a separate category of “Professional Certifications” like you suggested above, or rather include it in my “Experience” category under the title of the job I was working when I earned it? I would like to try and highlight the designation so that it’s not overlooked by a hiring rep skimming the document, but I’m afraid it might look silly to have a separate category heading just to list the one credential. What might you suggest? Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      June 30, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Hi Kat:

      Thanks for writing. Here is what I suggest in this situation. Under the education section, instead of just calling it Education. Call it Education & Additional Information. Then, you would list the education. Under that:

      Certification: Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES) Market Conduct Management (MCM)

      This will allow you to list it under Education without creating a separate headline for it.

      I hope that helps!

      Deb

  • cora  says:
    July 7, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I recently obtained my PhD but I also have a JD so do I put the two next to my name now?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      July 7, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Hi Cora:

      You can put both next to your name.

      Deb

      • cora  says:
        July 7, 2016 at 7:54 am

        Thanks. Should they be in a specific order after my name or it doesn’t really matter?

  • Summer  says:
    August 9, 2016 at 11:41 am

    If I have a BA in psychology and social work with a license in social work (LSW), I presume my credentials are listed as LSW only or should I also include BA, LSW?

  • Christine  says:
    August 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I have an M.Ed in School Counseling but I’m working as a teacher. Should I put M.Ed after my name or will that be misleading?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Christine:

      Thanks for writing. It is fine to put the credential after your name. At the bottom of your resume, make sure you reference counseling.

      Deb

  • Rebekah  says:
    August 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Thank you so much for this site! My first advanced degree is a PhD in Microbiology. However, I just finished my MSN and am seeking a career as an FNP. I will also be certified and licensed. I feel like putting my PhD in there misleads people to think I have a PhD in Nursing; but I want future employers to know I have my MSN and PhD at first glance. It looks horrid when I write Rebekah Gilbert, MSN, PhD, FNP-C, CRNP, though. It’s the cliched “alphabet soup” after one’s name! Can you help?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 15, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Rebekah:

      I agree – that does sound like acronym soup. I would put PhD, FNP-C after your name since that is the career you are seeking. I would then recommend including all of your credentials in a separate section at the bottom. You can also reference that you have them in a summary so it appears near the top of the document. Let me know if that helps!

      Deb

  • Darlene Alvarez  says:
    September 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Deb,
    I recently finished my PhD classes and I am writing my dissertation. Is is appropriate to put ABD on my business card? I also have my PHR and SPHR-CP as well. It seems like a fair amount of credentials. What would be appropriate?

    Respectfully,
    Darlene

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Darlene:

      Since the SPHR is above the PHR, you don’t need to list the PHR. I would put ABD on your business card and SPHR-CP.

      Let me know if that helps!

      Deb

  • mecredi cruder  says:
    September 16, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I’m editing my resume to include a credential I was recently awarded (Registered Health Information Management Administrator or RHIA), which is job related. Should I include this after my name on my resume. I’m applying for a adjunct part-time position and it requires RHIA credential. I want to make sure that’s one of the first things they see.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Hi Mecredi:

      Yes. You should put this after your name – especially because it is a requirement for the position you are pursuing.

      Best,
      Deb

  • bea  says:
    September 26, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Hi. I am applying for a job, currently editing my resume. I finished Master in Management (MM) Should I put MM after my name in the cover letter? How about in the name (topmost) for my resume? Thanks.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 26, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Hi:

      No. The initials for a master’s degree does not need to be included after your name.

      Best,
      De

  • Erika  says:
    October 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I just passed the RHIT state exam last week and am cleaning up my resume. Should I put RHIT after my name at the top? And is there a section on my resume that I would list that credential?

    Thanks

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Erika:

      Thanks for writing. Yes. You would put RHIT after your name at the top. Then, if you have a section at the bottom like Education & Additional Information you would list it as follows:

      Certification: Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) via American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

      I hope that helps you.

      Deb

  • Stacey  says:
    October 13, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hi, I have a BScN and am in school for a MSN. Do I write MSN(c)?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Hi Stacey:

      Yes. Since you are a candidate for your MSN, you would write MSN(c).

      Best,

      Deb

  • Sarah  says:
    October 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Hi Debra:
    I am in Australia and have to document my credentials for an assignment I am writing for my Masters of Diabetes Education.
    I am a Registered nurse (with a bachelor of science), I have completed a graduate certificate in remote health practice and a graduate certificate in emergency nursing already. I am employed as a remote area nurse at present, which links in with the graduate certificate in remote health practice. Can you please give me some idea of how I should write my credentials? As I did not complete a graduate diploma in emergency nursing I believe I cannot call myself a CCRN (critical care RN).
    Many thanks,
    Sarah

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Hi Sarah:

      What credentials do you have other than the RN? You would not put BS for your bachelor of science up there. If RN is the credential, that is what you would use.

      Best,
      Debra

  • Tyriq Simmons  says:
    October 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Hi, I have a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a SPED (Special Education) Credential . I want to include my SPED credential, but im not sure how. Thoughts?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 18, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Tyriq:

      I would recommend referencing the credential as part of your summary at the top of your resume. You could also bold this so it stands out from the other things.

      I hope that helps.

      Deb

  • Aura S.  says:
    January 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    This was not included on the thread, but I thought it would be a good idea to ask. How would you list a Master’s of Professional Studies in Homeland Security in the education section of a resume? Can you list it as a Master’s in Homeland Security studies, or simply as MPS?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Aura:

      I would reference it as follows: Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security

  • Tosha  says:
    January 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I have my Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision and recently became a Certified Grant Proposal Writer. How should I place the initials after my name?
    Name, CGPW
    M.A. Ed. Administration and Supervision
    Thank you for your help.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Latosha:

      Thank you for writing. You could use: MA Ed Administration & Supervision or MA Ed to avoid having it be very lengthy

      The Certified Grant Proposal Writer I would include somewhere in the summary at the top vs. having CGPW after your name.

      You could also use: CGPW, MA Ed right after your name and then have CGPW spelled out at the bottom with Education to provide clarification.

      Those are a few options.

      Let me know if that is useful!

      Deb

  • Jonathan Ferguson  says:
    January 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Hello Deb,
    I have a M.S. in Psychology and I am currently pursuing an Applied Behavior Analysis credential. When can I begin using the ABA credential after my name. Can it be used during completion or after completion?
    – Jonathan L. Ferguson M.S., Psychology ABA

    • Jonathan Ferguson  says:
      January 27, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Hello Deb,
      I have a M.S. in Psychology and I am currently pursuing an Applied Behavior Analysis credential. When can I begin using the ABA credential after my name. Can it be used during completion or after completion?
      – Jonathan L. Ferguson M.S., Psychology ABA

      • Debra Wheatman  says:
        January 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm

        Hi Jonathan: I would put the credential after you complete it, not before. Deb

        • Jonathan Ferguson  says:
          January 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm

          Thank You Deb!

  • Monique  says:
    January 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I have my B.S. in Cardiopulmonary Science, I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with a specialty in Neonatal and Pediatrics (NPS) and I am a M.S. in Healthcare Informatics candidate. How do I include all behind my name?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Monique:

      I would not recommend putting BS or MS after your name. I would include RRT, NPS.

      Deb

  • Ala  says:
    January 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Why would you not include the masters behind your name. Everybody does not want a PHD and it’s mostly for research. You have no idea what you are talking about Debra. Are you not in the professional world?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you for your insightful and thoughtful comment.

      Deb

      • Julian Marsh  says:
        January 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm

        You dig up a post from 2013, insult the author, and insinuate that she lacks professionalism. You must have a LOT of time on your hands. Is it any wonder that I now have the Styx song stuck in my head?

    • Richard Smythe  says:
      January 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Ala, feel free to disagree, but there is no reason to be a jerk. Clearly, you have zero experience in the professional world and have limited social skills. On another note Deb, you rock – just ignore the haters. RJS

    • Josh Maltua  says:
      January 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Hi, Ala.

      I think YOU are the one who needs to evaluate your grasp of the professional world. Don’t forget that every word you type online can be traced back to you somehow, someway. It’s not the best for your brand, which Deb discusses a lot on her blog and you should look into if you have a minute, to be perceived as someone who acts so immaturely over a disagreement with a post from 4 years ago. Best of luck to you! Also, love the site, Deb!

  • Mary Williams  says:
    February 3, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I recently received my DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Should I list my degrees after my name? M. Williams, PT, MPT, DPT

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 3, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Mary:

      Yes. You can include those after your name.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Carlos Vega  says:
    February 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Hi… I have a rather complex situation. I have the following credentials; Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), National Health and Safety Officer (NCSO) and Professional Gold Seal (P. GSC). Can I list them after my name on the header of my resume? Also under the education and certifications section of my resume I have a diploma, another diploma in progress, a university certificate and also list the source of the three credentials. It looks really busy.. how can clean it up/organize it better? Thanks in advance!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 12, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Carlos:

      Thanks for writing. You can list those three credentials after your name at the top. As for the other education, reference it under the education section on your resume.

      The certifications would also be referenced in the education section under a subheading titled “certifications.”

      I hope that helps! You can also see samples on the site that will provide a clear picture.

      Deb

  • Alexandra  says:
    February 20, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Hello, I am a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) and am wondering if I can list my certfication on my LinkedIn page behind my last name so it reads (First Name) (Last Name), RBT?

    Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 20, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Alexandra:

      Yes. You should absolutely put it after your name on LinkedIN. That is an ideal place for it.

      Deb

  • Abby  says:
    March 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Deb,
    I am currently updating my resume and am not sure if it’s appropriate to include a credential after my name. I’m currently a school counselor and am seeking the same position in a different state. I’m also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor LCPC however, I’m not actively seeing clients in that capacity. Should I still include this credential after my name? Thank you for your time.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Abby:

      Thanks for writing. If having that credential after your name will support or validate your work in the area in which you do work, go ahead and include it. Given that you are a school counselor, I think that the credential might add some weight; given that, I say put it after your name.

      Deb

  • Clarice Taylor  says:
    March 13, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Please help me with this question. Thank you so much. I have been a physical therapist for 23 years.I went back to school to get my doctorate. I have been signing my name with D.P.T.. I also need to know how the physical therapist with a BS , MS and DPT…(newly graduated) sign using their credentials.Since I went back to school to get my doctorate would i sign differently? is this correct? PT…..MPT…..DPT or PT,DPT

  • Kelly Sakala  says:
    March 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Hello, I have my Master’s in Education M.Ed and I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor CRC. I continued my education by attending University of Florida and obtained a Graduate Certification in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation. Is it permissible to use a graduate certificate from an accredited program as a credential? The university uses the abbreviation FVR for the program (CFVR or FVRC?) Thank you for your help.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Hi Kelly:

      I would recommend that you reference M.Ed and CRC after your name at the top of your resume. I think that the graduate certificate I would highlight in the summary at the top and bold it at the end so it stands out. I would also include it at the end in any additional information area.

      Check the careersdonewrite samples page. If you need additional help, write to me directly at debra@careersdonewrite.com

      D

  • Kelly-Anne  says:
    March 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    It was not clear but a designation such as PMP follow your name on a resume. PMP is Project management Professional from Project management Institute.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Yes. The PMP would go after your name if you have completed the certification via PMI.

      Deb

  • JJ  says:
    March 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Does the PMP require the circled (R) after it for registered copyright (of PMI)? I’ve seen it both ways and am confused on which would be the proper way to denote the credential. Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 31, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      HI JJ:

      Thanks for writing. You don’t need to put the circle. For the resume, this is not necessary on there.

      Deb

  • Kevin  says:
    April 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Debra, I’m currently working towards my Certified Professional in Human Resources designation (CPHR), all I need to do is for my employer to submit my technical professional duties to the governing association. I was wondering if I can include something like CPHR candidate in the certification section of my resume, or if I should just omit it? Thanks in advance!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Kevin:

      I would definitely include it! Good for you. Once it’s “sealed,” you can remove the candidate part and put your name – Kevin Estrata, CPHR right at the top as well as in a certification section with the governing body at the bottom.

      Deb

  • Teresa Sun  says:
    April 12, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    What is the proper sequence to list out credentials on business name card? Is it by the most recently graduated (in sequence)? Or list them based on highest to lowest level, eg. MBA, PMP, BA?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Teresa:

      I don’t recommend listing MBA or BA on your card. That is not necessary. I would list just the PMP.

      Best,

      Deb

      • Teresa Sun  says:
        April 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm

        Thanks for your prompt response. What if we are required to show them on the namecard, what would be your advice on putting them in the proper sequence? Look forward to your professional feedback.

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          April 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm

          I would do it in order of seniority MBA, PMP, BA

          Deb

  • Marisol  says:
    April 13, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    My boss is receiving her EdD tomorrow and i want to get her a plaque how would I write it? Dr XXX XXX or XXX XXX EdD

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 13, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      I recommend:

      xxx xxx, Ed.D.

      Deb

  • Jeff  says:
    May 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Hi Teresa – How should the degree Doctor of Business Administration be listed after one’s name in a signature block or on a resume? Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 1, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Hi Jeff:

      It’s Debra – there is no Teresa at Careers Done Write. To answer your question, you would reference it this way: Name, DBA

      Best,
      Deb

  • Holly  says:
    May 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Hi, I will soon have my MBA. I see not to list it after my name. I was wondering about a Management Consulting Graduate Certificate. Could I list that after my name or is it listed in the education section of the resume? Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Holly:

      I would list the management consulting graduate certificate In the education section of your resume. Congratulations on securing your MBA; that is a wonderful achievement.

      Deb

  • JM  says:
    May 24, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Hello- can you explain if it is appropriate to list every blessed degree you have when they are related? For example: Jane Doe, RN, BSN, MSN, DNP. I believe it should be clinical license first then highest level of education only. For example, Jane Doe, RN, DNP. What do you think?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

      I agree. Looks like a shopping list. RN, DNP has my vote

  • Laura  says:
    May 29, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Hello ma’am, have a quick question I have a Bachelors degree in christian counseling and a Master degree in theology. The first one is B.C.C. the second is Th.M . How would I write this?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 29, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Hi:

      I would not put either after your name. If you really want to include one, then Th.M.

      Best.

      Deb

      • Laura  says:
        May 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm

        Thank You!

  • Rennie Papa  says:
    June 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Can I write Rennie Papa, RN, MD or just the MD part?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      June 26, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Hi

      Of course you can write whatever you want – but I recommend just using MD.

      Deb

  • Andrew Oliverius  says:
    July 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Hi, I am receiving an award through work that is of high significance within my organization and industry. I have just been asked to provide how I would like to have my name displayed on program material including academic credentials. I know masters degrees are not typically included but in this instance, since the award is a research based award, should I include MS?

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      July 6, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Hi Andrew:

      Congratulations on the award. If you feel that adding the MS is relevant given that the award is research based, go ahead and do so!

      Deb

  • David Nilsen  says:
    July 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Confused, there is a lot of how to information out there and many sources provide different advise. One site said to use what the hiring course is looking for. I even see individuals putting MSW, LCSW, is that just old school? What about CADC? Thank you.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      July 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Hi David:

      I don’t see an initial question here. What are you asking?

      Deb

      • Jordan  says:
        July 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

        Hi Debra,

        In the field of social work, an MSW is considered a terminal degree (the highest you can achieve). Only recently have they really began to offer PhD’s in social work, however, in a field setting what they mostly desire is an MSW. Someone who has their MSW after their name is going to stand out considerably against someone who doesn’t. A lot of social work jobs require the MSW and will throw out your application if you don’t have it. With so much of recruiting today being online, I would say that you should put the MSW after your name on recruiting sites and in correspondences.

  • Grace M  says:
    August 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I just received my DNP, but I also have have an MSN. Is correct to put My Name, DNP, MSN, RN, PHN? Also, would it be redundant and inappropriate to put Dr. My Name, DNP, MSN, RN, PHN? Thank you.

  • Chelle  says:
    August 9, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I am a Business Education Teacher and an Adjunct Professor at a college level. I have an MBA and MAT (Masters in Teaching) degrees. Is it okay to write MBA, MAT after my name on my correspondence, syllabi or cards?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Yes. It is fine to put that on a business card.

      Deb

  • Chris  says:
    August 15, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Sir, I have a BASc in Information Systems Engineering – Networking and Security and work as a Systems Engineer/Project Manager. In addition, I have a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. How would I list these as they do provide verification of my skill set to my clients? Thank you in advance.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Hi Chris:

      Those things would be referenced under an Education and Additional Skills section at the bottom of the resume. You can also reference that you are a Six Sigma Black Belt in the summary at the top. If you have the PMP, I would put that at the top after your name: So First Name Last Name, PMP.

      Best,

      Debra

      • Chris  says:
        August 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

        Thank you.

  • Terry Hudgins  says:
    August 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I received my EdD in 2009 and will be receiving my PhD in another year. When I have both degrees, which should come first after my name?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      I would list the first terminal degree EdD after your name and then the PhD when you have it:

      Terry Hudgins, EdD, PhD

      Good Luck!

      Deb

  • Sulaiman Bah  says:
    August 31, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Hi…I am a professional licensed engineer (P.E.) and I also have an MBA. How do I add these to my name? Thanks

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Hi:

      I would just list the PE after your name. The MBA can remain in the education section.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Rose  says:
    September 5, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Hello Deb!

    I finished my BS in Accounting Technology and I am currently preparing my resume to seek a job. My problem is, I passed two Certifications exam ( Registered Cost Accountant and Certified Bookkeeper) and it is stated on my exam results that I can apply for the aforementioned certifications. Can I include these in my resume given that I haven’t applied for it yet? If I can include it, how should I put it on my resume?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 5, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Hi Rose:

      I would first apply and get the certifications. Once you have them, you can reference them on your resume. I would put the certifications at the bottom under where you Education & Additional information is kept. If you want to put those after your name, you would put the acronyms after your name (Not the BS) at the top of the resume.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Sophia Achamsi  says:
    September 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Hi, what is the correct format to write my master’s degree in translation. Is it Master’s in Translation, Master’s of Translation? I am very confused.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Sophia:

      Master’s in Translation

      Deb

  • Paula  says:
    September 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Debra. I am an elementary school counsellor. I have a Masters of Educations with a focus in counselling. I also have a diploma in Adlerian Counselling. How would I write that? Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 24, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Paula:

      I would write Master of Education; focus in counseling
      Adlerian Counseling: Diploma

      You can include these things in the education section.

      Best,

      Deb

  • Israel Garcia  says:
    October 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I recently finished my certification in business intelligence, CPBI. Should I write this after my name. This is the field I am in and the types of jobs I am interested in.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Yes. You can put it after your name. At the bottom you would also include where the certification was achieved.

      • Debra Wheatman  says:
        October 9, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Hi:

        Exactly like you have there!

        Deb

  • Aisha  says:
    October 9, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Hi Deb: I am a licensed attorney and I am working becoming a licensed social worker. How would I write this first on my resume and secondly, on business cards?
    Resume = Jane Doe, JD, LMSW
    Business card: JD, LMSW

    Thanks

  • Stacey  says:
    October 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Deb, I’ve got a BA, MBA and LLB is it ok to put Jane Doe, BA (Hons), MBA, LLB (Hons)

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Stacey:

      If you are talking about putting it in the education section of your resume, yes. If you are talking about the top after your name, then No.

      Deb

  • Nick B.  says:
    November 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I have my BS in Information Systems Security, a Comptia A+ certification and a Comptia Sec+ certification, how would I display those next to my name?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      November 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Nick:

      The BS and certifications should go at the bottom of your resume Under the
      Education & Additional Information Section not after your name at the top.

      D

  • Cornelius  says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Hello, I’m currently considered a PhD Candidate. With that being said should I list myself as such on my resume and official correspondence?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      December 4, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Hi:

      You would need to reference that you are a candidate until the doctorate is conferred.

  • Jake  says:
    December 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Hi, I have a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership (MAAL). When I am sending emails, is it appropriate to put (MAAL) after my name in the closing portion of the email?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      December 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Jake:

      Yes. You can include that after your name. You can create a “Template” for your email so that it appears with your signature each time.

      Best,
      Deb

  • C  says:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Hello!

    I recently just graduated from Physician Assistant school with a Master’s of Science in PA Studies; I am not certified yet, but still applying for jobs.

    Would it be appropriate to put my name as the following on LinkedIn and my resume?

    Jane Doe, MSPAS, PA

    or is it

    Jane Doe, PA, MSPAS?

    Or would you omit the MSPAS entirely?

    Thank you for your help!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 9, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi:

      I would omit the MSPAS. I would only include the PA when you are certified.

      So:

      Jane Doe, PA

      I hope that helps!

      D

  • Benny  says:
    January 15, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Hi Deb, I have an Executive MBA, certified PMP and PRINCE2, what do I put after my name on my business card? would it be Name, EMBA, PMP, PRINCE2?
    Do I omit the “E” and just put MBA? Or should I remove the EMBA in totality?

    Many Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 15, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Hi Benny:

      I would omit the MBA. I would put your name and then PMP, PRINCE2

      Best,

      Deb

  • Onuabuchi Azunna  says:
    January 16, 2018 at 2:42 am

    Assuming am a registered Engineer, can I add Engr before my name in my CV?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 16, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Hi:

      Are you stating that you are a licensed professional engineer (PE)? If so, then you would put PE after your name. If you are an engineer without that and you have completed your degree in engineering, there is no need to put anything after your name. You would reference the degree in your education section.

      Here is the wikipedia page for reference regarding regulation and licensure:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_and_licensure_in_engineering

      Best,
      Deb

  • Trish  says:
    January 29, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Hi,
    I recently completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and have licenses in both the Philippines (PTRP) and the United States (RPT). Considering that I would be applying for a job in the Philippines, in what way do you think I can best present my credentials? Before my DPT degree I usually just put PTRP, RPT after my name. But I feel like PTRP, RPT, DPT might be too much. I appreciate your help.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 29, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Hi:

      I would put PTRP, DPT since you are looking to practice in the Philippines.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Michael  says:
    January 29, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Hi, I have an AS in EMS (Emergency Medical Services), I’m a paramedic EMT-P and I have my FP-C, certified flight paramedic. The EMT-P and FP-C are both certifications with the FP-C being the higher level one. Both are job required and you can’t have FP-C without EMT-P. There is no doctorate level for an EMS degree and only a handful of bachelor level degrees for EMS. How would they, if any, go after my name for resumes, email correspondence and a business card?

    Thanks!

    Michael, et. al. lol

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 29, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Hi:

      I would recommend EMT-P FP-C after your name.

      Best,

      Deb

  • Todd G.  says:
    March 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I have a Master’s in Business Administration Healthcare Management, and have read that I should not put my education on a business card. I remember reading an article that when working in healthcare that I should use my education/title. The article stated that in Healthcare titles and degrees are very important especially dealing with healthcare professionals. So, should I use my degree on my business card? Also, what is the proper title…is it MBA or MBA-HCM?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 2, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Hi:

      thank you for writing. There are no “rules” governing this. The resume and business cards – all career-related documents are marketing tools. Use MBA-HCM. And go get ‘em!! Good luck!

      Deb

  • STEPH  says:
    March 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Hi, I feel like this is a silly question. I’m updating my resume. I’m an RN, I just obtained my BSN and have certification in Maternal Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN). I understand that my credential should be listed as Name (total 17 letters), BSN, RN, RNC-MNN. The issue I’m having is that my name is rather long, and with the addition of the credentials the entire top row of my resume is filled and to me looks.. junky. Can I place only my name on the top row and add my credentials underneath or would that not be professional? Thanks

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Steph:

      There is no such thing as a silly question. You could make the letters after your name a bit smaller to save space. For instance, if you have your name in 18pt, have your credentials in 10pt. You could also make the margins on the left and right at .7. Or, you can certainly put it underneath and that would be fine, too.

      Deb

  • Eric  says:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Deb, I’ve got an MBA with a Masters of Jurisprudence in IP Law. Just ? Any way to include the M.Jur?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 28, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Hi Eric:

      I would include the M.Jur in the education section not after your name at the top. If you want to include it there, it would be as follows:

      MBA, M.Jur

      I hope that helps!

      Deb

      • Eric  says:
        March 28, 2018 at 8:10 pm

        Many thanks!

  • Jaq Luc  says:
    April 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Deb,
    I have an MPA, DNP-PMHNP-BC, and a Psy.D., do I include them all on top of my resume? Sounds like a mouth full. Thank you for your help.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 5, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Jac Luc:

      Thanks for writing. Impressive! Yes, It’s a lot!!

      PMHNP-BC is the designated title for a board certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and effective 2015, the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the planned entry-level degree for advanced practice registered nurses. However, no state has actually initiated any laws regarding the DNP as the minimum degree. I would use this: DNP-PMHNP-BC

      deb

  • Mera Adel  says:
    April 30, 2018 at 8:42 am

    This is how I write my credentials PhD, MSN, BSN, RN. However, I was informed to include only my highest degree in nursing which is PhD. I wonder if I could keep all my degrees even if they are all related to nursing.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 30, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Hi:

      There is no “Rule.” If you want to keep them all, go for it!

      Deb

  • Sarah Connors  says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Hi, I have a Masters of Arts in Special Education.. would I put MA after my name when signing an email?

    Sarah Connors, MA?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Sarah:

      Yes. You can do that. Sarah Connors, MA

      Best,

      Deb

  • Jason  says:
    May 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Hi, I am a licensed (RPh) pediatric pharmacist (PharmD) with a masters in the arts of teaching (MAT), and a board certification in pediatric pharmacy (BCPPS). I also have a bachelors of science (BSc) in biology. I work in both fields of academia and pharmacy in a related capacity, so I employ both the PharmD and MAT. What is the best way to list my title?
    Dr Jason X, BSc, MAT, PharmD, RPh, BCPPS
    or
    Jason X, BSc, MAT, PharmD, RPh, BCPPS
    or
    Jason X, MAT, PharmD, RPh, BCPPS
    or any other way that I have not listed?
    I currently list it as RPh, MAT, PharmD, BCPPS
    Based on what I’ve read, it seems that the RPh should be after the PharmD.
    What do you think?
    Thanks.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Hi:

      There really is no law about how it is listed. I would put PharmD first and then RPh. I would not list the BSc at all. There really is no point to having that.

      I hope that helps.

      D

      • Jason  says:
        May 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm

        Does it matter which comes first, the masters in teaching or the doctor of pharmacy? (the masters was obtained first)

        • Debra Wheatman  says:
          May 25, 2018 at 2:15 pm

          I think it is less important regarding what you got first vs. the type of degree. I would list the Doctor of Pharmacy first. Again, there is no law and nobody is going to question you over the placement of each. Also, very impressive!! :)

          Best,

          Deb

  • Kathryn  says:
    May 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Hello,
    I recently completes my MS degree in counseling. I understand not putting MS after my name on my resume. However, I have certifications in counseling (National Certified Counselor- NCC, and Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor- CRC). Should these be included after my name, even if the job I’m applying for isn’t directly counseling related?
    Thank you!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Hi:

      If the job you are pursuing is not related to the certifications, then I would not include them after your name. It might make you look unfocused. I would keep all of that in the education and certification area. If you ultimately pursue something industry related then of course include them after your name at the top.

      Best,
      Deb

  • roselle guevarra  says:
    July 7, 2018 at 5:55 am

    I earned both RN and DMD, can I place them both after my name in my business card?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      July 7, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Hi Roselle:

      Yes. You can include both after your name.

      Best,

      Deb

  • Daniel Wicomb  says:
    July 10, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Hi Debra, I have a PhD but not sure whether the title Dr. (with a full stop) or Dr (without a full stop) for example I am currently using it as Dr. Daniel Wicomb; but not sure

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      July 10, 2018 at 7:18 am

      Hi Daniel:

      Generally, I use the stop. However, for PhD, I favor Daniel Wicomb, PhD vs. Dr. Daniel Wicomb. I prefer Dr. be used for the medical profession vs. Dr. for people with a PhD. Of course, the choice is yours.

      Best,

      Deb

  • Meaghan Mauro  says:
    July 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I recently obtained an MS in Human Resources Management. Would those credentials be MS-HRM for my signature?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      July 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Hi:

      Yes. That is fine.

  • Wade Shumway  says:
    August 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I have a Bachelors in Business Administration, and Masters in Organizational Management, and I have a Senior Certified Professional for SHRM; how would I place this at the top? Would it look like Name, BBA, MOM, SHRM-SCP

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Hi:

      I would not put BBA or MOM after your name. I would simply use SHRM-SCP.

      Your degrees can be referenced in the education section.

      Deb

  • Wade Shumway  says:
    August 13, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you

  • Anonymous  says:
    August 24, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I have a MBA in Human Resources Management. I’m currently in school for dual degrees: Master of Science in Accounting and Master of Accounting & Financial Management in Finance. I have plans of pursuing the Certified Management Accountant certification and CPA license. How would I display these credentials?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 24, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      I would put all of your degrees in the education area. I would not put alphabet soup after your name. After your name at the top, I would put CMA, CPA (when you get the license). Also, put the certification and license at the bottom.

      Good luck!

      Deb

  • John Q. Bennett  says:
    September 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I recently finished my Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). How would you list in after your name, and the resume.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 6, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Hi John:

      Congratulations! I would put John Q. Bennett, DBA

      Good luck!

  • Katrina Smith  says:
    October 4, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    In regard to listing your degrees in the email signature at the bottom is there a general consensus on whether this is tactful or not? I own my own business where a masters degree sets me apart from the competition – is it appropriate to list MS after my name? Is it appropriate if you are currently working on your degree to list MS (in progress) ?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 4, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Katrina:

      There are no rules where this is concerned. If you have an MS, you can list your name: Katrina Smith, MS. If it’s pending: Katrina Smith, MS (in progress) is fine.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Deb

  • Troy Persaud  says:
    October 8, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Deb, if a CPA has an MBA, more than one MS and a foreign undergraduate degree, is it acceptable to omit the undergraduate degree from the education section of the resume?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Troy:

      I generally say include it. For some reason, when people don’t see it they start asking questions. You are better off just listing it.

      Where is the degree from?

      D

      • Troy Persaud  says:
        October 8, 2018 at 7:39 pm

        UK (Distance Learning)

  • Jeff  says:
    October 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    My brother holds a JD and then went back to grad school to earn his PhD. We disagreed about the order in which they are to be placed after his name – Should the most recent be first or last?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 24, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Jeff:

      It would be:

      JD, PhD

      Who won?

      Deb

  • Megan  says:
    November 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I have two Masters. One in Masters in Education, Administration and one in Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. How would I write these two after my name please?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      November 30, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Megan:

      It would be your name then a comma followed by:

      M.Ed., MEDCI

      Best,

      Deb

  • Walaa Mousa  says:
    December 21, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Hi Debra, Thank you so much for your valuable input. I have Bachelor and Master degrees in pharmaceutical Sciences and PhD in microbiology. should I list all three degrees beside my name since they are in relatively different fields? and is the correct format of them BPharm, MPharm, PhD? The reason i want to include the bachelor is that it is not always requirement to have undergrad degree in pharmacy to join grad school. so I want to highlight that I have both undergrad and grad degrees in Pharm then PhD in more focused are of research. Thanks

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      December 21, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Hi Walaa:

      Yes. You can certainly do that: BPharm, MPharm and PhD.

      Deb

  • Anita  says:
    February 9, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Hi, I do have a law degree (GDL), but also BA(Hons) in Education. I noticed that sometimes people use after their names: Anita BA (Hons) DipLaw. Is this correct? If I hold diploma in law can I use this letters after my name? Thank you

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 9, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Anita:

      Yes. You can put BA, DipLaw. However, it is unnecessary to put BA after your name. The undergrad degree generally is not put there. There is no rule so it is up to you, of course.

      D

      • Anita  says:
        February 9, 2019 at 6:13 pm

        Thank you for your response. And I am sorry I posted twice but it was the system error. With kind regards Anita

  • Anita  says:
    February 9, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Hi Deb, if I hold Diploma in Law and BA(Hons) in Education what letter I can use after my name? Is it correct Anita BA(Hons) DipLaw? Thank you

  • Chrome  says:
    February 25, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Deb,

    Q1) I am a project manager. Wonder if a PMP (Project Management Professional) and PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner) are credentials that warrant one to put after my name, such as a CPA or CFA that normally one would?
    Q2) I earned my MBA few years back. Now I have a choice of taking up either a PhD (from an average top 50 schools in UK) or an MSc (from ivy league school). Apparently, the MSc costs more due to the good reputation of the ivy league school. The PhD is 7 years while the MSc is 2 years. Since, my MBA was not from a very reputable school, I hope to take up another advanced degree. Which one do you recommended? PhD from a mediocre university or MSc from a top university?

    Thank you.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      February 25, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      Hi:

      Yes. You can put those credentials after your name.

      Regarding the degree: You need to determine what your goal is. What is your intention for using the degree. The two are very different. They cannot be compared. You should determine what your goals is. That will govern which degree to pursue. If the university is mediocre, why pursue a degree from an institution if the caliber is not good?

      Deb

  • Mike  says:
    March 7, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Any thoughts on inclusion of lapsed certifications in the Professional Certifications section of a resume? I am in the IT field and previously held some technology-specific certs, but let them lapse when my job duties changed. Now that I am overly fed-up with my role, I would like to switch back to what I used to do (albeit with a different employer), but my resume won’t make it past the ATS bots for that role without reference to those certs. Is it acceptable to include previously-held certifications as long as I make some sort of indication that it is not active or has lapsed? Thanks!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      March 7, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      Hi Mike:

      You can reference your certificates with a reference to the fact that it is expired. I would recommend that you take the time to renew them – maybe not all at once but over time especially if they are relevant to any new role you secure. I hope this helps.

      Good luck!

  • Callen  says:
    April 21, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if I should put two of my credentials in my name. They are both master’s degree but from different field. Once is from chemical engineering and another one from archaeology. Would it be Engr. Callen, M.S., M.S. ???

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      I would not recommend putting MS, MS. That looks odd and might look like a mistake. Generally, I don’t recommend putting master’s after a name. As mentioned in other posts, there is no rule regarding this. In this instance you can discuss both degrees in the summary or just keep it in the Education section.

      Best,
      Deb

  • John Doyle  says:
    May 2, 2019 at 11:59 am

    If you had a really hard life growing up, where the thought of ever having earned any diploma at all, let alone a university degree, and then one day, after many years of catching up and eventually earning not 1, but 2 university degrees, one of which is a first professional degree, you better believe that one is absolutely entitled to put those letters after your name. For that person, his 2 degrees feel golden, on the level of a Ph.D, especially since he never thought that he would ever have 1 let alone 2 degrees intros life. What is not important to one person, may be hugely important to another person. Why shouldn’t a person who never, ever thought that he would have the pride of one day being the holder of a degree holder in his lifetime, put those undergrad letters after his name? For him, that was an accomplishment of a lifetime, and one which at one time in his life he never imagined in his wildest dreams that would ever have. The people that should not put letters after their name are those that DO NOT HAVE AN ACADEMIC CREDENTIAL. What s so wrong, pray tell, with putting B.A., B.Ed. after your name ?? I actually think it looks very nice. But the point is not to impress anyone, the point is feeling proud of your academic accomplishments which at one time in the past were thought IMPOSSIBLE to ever have.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 2, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      As I have mentioned in numerous other responses on this topic, there is no rule on this. If you want to list the degrees go ahead! Nobody is trying to stop you.

  • Samantha Spears  says:
    May 2, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Very interesting comments. I just came across this website by chance, and would like to chime in. I agree with the previous poster as much of what he said resonated with me. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to list academic credentials. Academic achievements are something to feel proud of, regardless of what they are. I myself have an undergraduate degree, and I have always put the BA letters after my name. For me it’s a badge of honour. No one has ever said anything negative about that, certainly no not any previous or prospective employer. If anything they have commended me. I worked hard to earn my degree and I feel proud of it. Before I had my degree, I felt disappointed that I couldn’t put a couple of letters behind my name. And now that I have my degree it would be stupid not to put the BA letters after my name. To each his own. I personally don’t think any prospective employer would frown on that, and nor do I care. I sweated to earn it. Just my two cents. Thanks.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      As discussed, feel free to reference it. There is no right or wrong here. There is nothing wrong otherwise. Indeed, to each his or her own.

      Continued success!

  • John Doyle  says:
    May 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Debra,
    My reply to you appeared on the screen for a couple of minutes, but now it’s not there – that’s curious. I can only deduce that for some reason you didn’t like my second post. If that’s the case, the right thing to do was to leave it posted, even if you disagree with it. er don’t like them. When you have a page like yours you also have to leave up the posts that you might not like or disagree with it (after all, disagreeing with someone is not a crime, at least not the last time I checked). But hey, at least one other poster seems to have liked and agreed with my post. Good enough for me. Oh, I also noticed that Samantha’s post is still up. It only reinforces my belief that you didn’t like my second post. Still, removing it was not right. I must have hit a nerve.

  • arvind  says:
    May 23, 2019 at 8:23 am

    hello,
    if a person has 2 degree and how to write them in short form after my name but the course was done in two different nation
    1.Bachelor of engineering in civil engineering
    2. Master of engineering science in structural and building product engineering
    so please let me know about it asap
    thank you .

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 23, 2019 at 9:04 am

      Hi:

      BCE for Bachelor of Civil Engineering, and MEng for the other degree.

      I hope that helps!

      Deb

  • Alyssa Dillonaire  says:
    May 27, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Hi,
    I am a veterinary student with a certified veterinary technician license which has lapsed due to disuse over the last few years. Would it be acceptable to keep the credentials on my CV despite the licensure lapsing or would I need to renew my certification? Given that it is relevant to my field, I figure it’s probably still worth listing – correct me if I’m wrong.
    Thank you.

  • Alyssa Dillonaire  says:
    May 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Hello,
    I’m not sure if my previous post went through so I’ll write another. I have a question about using post-nominal letters of a credential for which the license has lapsed. I am currently a veterinary student and my CVT license lapsed from disuse over the last few years but as I start to look for jobs as a doctor, I’m wondering if I can keep the CVT letters on my CV without renewing my veterinary technician licensure (considering I’ve already gone through the schooling and passed the board exam) Thanks for your help!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 27, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Alyssa:

      Good to hear from you. If the licensed has lapsed you should have it renewed before you use it. Listing the post-nominal letters after your name implies that the license is up to date. To properly use the CVT get it renewed before you use it.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Farhan  says:
    June 20, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Deb, I have a Masters of Project Management, what is the correct way of abbreviating this against my name? I realize you recommend not including it however as you also state there are no “right” answers, I feel the Masters qualification in that field is of a higher standing than a certification, I would like to have it noted against my name as an achievement highlighting a professional accomplishment but I’m unsure on how it is abbreviated. Please help.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      June 21, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Hi Farhan:

      Congratulations on your achievement. To add that after your name it would be MPM.

      Best,

      Deb

  • Alison  says:
    June 25, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Hi, I was wondering if an email signature line would ever have Dr. Name, Ph.D? Is that incorrect, or just redundant?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      June 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Hi Alison:

      That would be redundant. It would be one or the other.

      Best,
      Deb

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