When to and not to abbreviate on a resume

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  1. RobertTexasMath

    RobertTexasMath Rookie

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    Are there any general rule of when it is and when it is not acceptable to abbreviate on a resume.
    For instance
    B.A. vs. Bachelor of Arts
    A.P. vs. Advanced Placement
    U.S. History vs. United States History

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  3. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    I've only abbreviated my degrees.
     
  4. redtop

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    You can always abbreviate degrees, titles, etc. as part of your name, for example, John Doe, M.A. In the "education" section I wouldn't abbreviate the name of the degree though.

    If the meaning is obvious within your industry, it's fine to abbreviate. It's a fine line. In my business, Incurred But Not Reported is the biggest thing I do, but I would always call it IBNR. But while I might say that I did a lot of work on medical malpractice insurance, I would call it "medmal" in an interview but not shorten it on a resume.

    Actually, I think that on my resume, I say I have a "B.A." but then I spell out "Fellow, Casualty Actuarial Society" - even though anyone with the tiniest interest in hiring me will know what an FCAS is.

    A lot of stuff is judgment call. My business card says "Redtop, FCAS, MAAA, ARM, CEBS" but I would never put that long list of letters at the top of a resume.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    I'd abbreviate degrees and "U.S. History" (whether I would capitalize "history" would depend on whether I'm discussing content or a course). As to the rest, it's hard to answer in general.
     

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