Taking online courses can prepare you for your next job and strengthen your position as a job candidate. When you include classes in your resume, however, make sure you're doing so thoughtfully. Recruiters shared with The Muse the best strategies for including your online learning. Photo by flazingo_photos.
First, as with every other item on your resume, make sure it's relevant. Listing online programming classes, for example, when the job role doesn't involve coding or any knowledge of it could be distracting. It might even make recruiters think there's really some other role you'd rather be going for.
Two other great tips:
- Don't list low-level or introductory classes if the position is for an expert. They can make you seem less experienced and detract from your credibility. You might want to only list online courses if you've gained a major certification or another credential.
- Show how you used the skills you got from your online education — in projects, volunteer work and so on.
As always, you want your resume to focus on results — quantifiable results — and the skills that will add value to the company. Your online classes can help demonstrate that you're a lifelong learner, but also make sure they put you in the best light as a candidate for that particular job.
Check out the article below for more do's and don'ts of listing online classes on your resume.