Not everyone gets good grades in college. But if you do, you might get invited to become part of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.
It's a sign of your ability to work hard towards your goals. Something employers like a lot.
But how do you list Phi Beta Kappa on your resume? Here's an example:
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA - 2020
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
GPA: 3.9; Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
Step by step:
You can alternatively create an honors and awards section. This works best for those with a long list of honors:
Honors and Awards:
However, it would be awkward to create an honors section if you only list Phi Beta Kappa there. Skip this section if you can't find anything else to put there.
If you're already including your honors and your GPA, there is no need to include Dean's List as it would be redundant.
You can still add it to an Honors and Awards section if you want to.
Not all hiring managers know what Phi Beta Kappa is. You can optionally explain what it is, using parentheses:
Honors: magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (honors society).
No, only Latin honors should be italicized: cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude.
Just like your resume, you can add Phi Beta Kappa in multiple places on LinkedIn: under the accomplishments section or under your degree.
It's ok to add it to both places on LinkedIn, but keep it to one place on your resume.
As your career gets longer and your professional accomplishment list grows, your academic honors become less relevant.
But that doesn't mean they're unworthy of a mention. You should add membership to Phi Beta Kappa, even if you have many years of experience.
It sure is. Its major benefits are:
Not all employers know what Phi Beta Kappa is, but for those who do, it means you're one step ahead of the pack.
Think about it. If you had to make a choice on who to hire between two identical candidates, who would you choose?
The one with Phi Beta Kappa on their resume, or the one with nothing?