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Having a high school diploma can help you meet the basic requirements for many in-demand careers and allow you to take the next steps toward securing a job you’re interested in. With a few exceptions, most employers today are unlikely to even consider an application from someone who doesn’t meet their minimum education requirements. But besides getting your application to the next stage of the hiring process, completing your high school diploma has other benefits that can make a positive impression when you’re applying to jobs, from helping you develop problem-solving skills to building your understanding of the basic math and reading you’ll use every day.
Whether you earn your high school diploma on a traditional timeline or you’re an adult learner finishing your studies, graduating can make a big difference. At least 39% of jobs require a diploma, while others require further education. Not only is your high school diploma a stepping stone to a job, it is often necessary to have before you can pursue a college degree or technical training. That means, no matter what your goals are for the future, having that diploma in your back pocket can offer plenty of opportunities.
And, along with those opportunities comes the potential to earn more per year. Those with high school diplomas, on average, earn $768 per month, or $9,216 per year, more than someone without a diploma. That adds up over time!
Along with getting you in the door for interviews and upping your earning potential, a high school diploma can
After you do complete your high school diploma program, you may be wondering how to best show you’ve earned your diploma on applications. How relevant is it and what things should you mention? Follow these guidelines.
When submitting a resume your education is usually listed first, after your name and contact information. After graduating, make sure to add your completed diploma. Generally, it should be formatted like this
James Madison High School - High School Diploma
If you received any special honors or awards during your studies, don’t forget to list those as well!
When filling out a form application, you’ll generally have a section that asks you to list your education. You’ll want to name your school, including graduation date. Some will also ask where that school is so don’t forget to add that James Madison is in Norcross, Georgia. Most of the time, you won’t be required to list your GPA or any additional information.
If you want to make sure your resume or cover letter are perfect, or just need some guidance, reach out to career services!
If you haven’t had a chance to finish your diploma because of time or money, no worries! James Madison High School’s online diploma program is self-paced and priced to fit your budget. Get started when you’re ready by talking to our expert Admissions Specialists today at .