Make Online Courses in Your Resume Shine


Are you in the process of refurbishing your resume and you’re contemplating on whether you should include your online courses or not? Quick answer: go ahead!

“From my perspective as a hiring manager, when I review resumes and someone has listed additional professional development, it always stands out to me.”

Says JC Meloni a hiring manager at Hobsons.

It’s easy to understand the hesitation. Online courses are fairly new in the academic world and many employers are still skeptical of their credibility. So it’s a little risky to include them in your resume.

However, human resource veterans and experts in recruitment suggest that including online courses in your resume will definitely up your chances if–and that’s a big “if”–they are placed strategically. There’s actually a technique to it.

Arrange Them Properly

All HR specialists and recruiters would today recommend that you include the certificates you get from online courses.

They definitely will recognize them as proof that you can do the job. Just be sure to not make them the focus of your resume, especially if you have a higher credential.

Certificates are proof that you are skilled and knowledgeable about a specific job. So it’s best to include them in your resume, just place them in a specific area of the document.

Make Sure Certificates are Related to The Job You’re Applying

It’s admirable that you have a fervor to learn more and train yourself a variety of skills. But seriously, do you think a certificate in goat milking would help you land an accounting job?

If you don’t even write every course you took in college, why would you do so with your certificates?

So, while you’re only selecting the courses that are relevant to the job you’re applying for, you also have to only select the online courses that apply.

HR personnel and recruiters will want to maximize their time when they’re reading through piles of applications.

So avoid making them course through irrelevant material in your resume, which could bore them rather than getting their attention.

According to Fundamentum, employers spend an average of 6 seconds looking at resumes. Therefore, you have to make these 6 seconds count!

Don’t Have to Include Introductory Certificates

Numerous recruiters say that when they see a certificate of an introductory course in your resume, its value decreases significantly. If recruiters were to choose between an expert and a novice, it’s obvious which one they will choose.

So stick to the certificates of higher level studies or training and do away with introductory courses and certificates.

Make Your Certificates Pop With Evidence of Application

Because online courses run the risk of making recruiters skeptical, make them come to life by giving them proof of how you put your new skills and knowledge to work.

It’s very important for recruiters to see a demonstration of the skills you learned. Listing the courses you underwent is one thing. The more important question is how such education pays off and how it applies to the job at hand.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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