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Feb 27, 2014
Clarification on other author's advice NEW
by: Anonymous

It isn't wise to list being ill or any difficulty as was suggested on a resume. This does not make the interviewer have a favorable opinion of the applicant. There is no need to explain. List the university you graduated from. It is optional to list the other universities, but no more than three total, or you give the impression you are going to be a stop and start employee as well. No one wants an unhealthy whiner, not that you are, but this is the hardened impression you will give if you explain about sickness. I would not list any community college work, unless that is the top level of education you have. if one of the previous universities was a higher level tier than the school you graduated from, list it. If the person interviewing you or the owner of the company also attended one of the schools you transferred from, list it, otherwise,don't.

May 04, 2009
The End Result Is the Key
by: Kathi

Hi Neel... Great question! I believe that the end result is the most important thing here, and that is that you're getting a degree from an accredited university. That's what employers will be most interested in.

You could list the other colleges attended on your resume, depending on how long you've been at the latest place. You don't want to lie and say you were there all 4 years, if it was actually only a semester.

If you decide to do that, I'd explain the moving around in your cover letter with a simple statement, such as, "My frequent transfers to different colleges are related to serious illnesses and relocations." I'd leave it at that and let them ask you about it at an interview, if they want to.

Alternatively, you could just list the current university and degree achieved, without any dates, on your resume.

I don't think, though, that you're going to be penalized. After all, you've shown tremendous determination in continuing on, despite your many challenges.

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