Completed an online course and want to tell future employers about it? One great way to show off your skills is to put it on your CV, but what’s the best way to do this?
Within the cover letter
One of the best ways to show off your achievements in online learning is through your cover letter. This is especially useful if you can discuss how your professional learning has been used in your more recent jobs and how they can help in the position you are applying to. If you’re submitting your resume electronically, you can even link to the course profiles.
On your CV
Depending on your CV layout, you may want to add online courses alongside the education section of your CV or create an entirely new section called Professional Development, which is particularly useful if you haven’t got a degree, or are applying for a job that’s unrelated to your degree.
Regardless of where you add the information, remember to get straight to the point. Your online course information may look something like:
Coursera (MOOC platform)
- Cloud Networking – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Learnt what networks need to do to enable cloud computing.
- Business Strategy – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
Learnt how organisations create, capture, and maintain value, and how it is fundamental for sustainable competitive advantage.
Alongside this, here are a few pointers to help you out:
Keep It Relevant
Employers love people that are interested in furthering their career, however only include online courses that are relevant to the position you are applying for. In the cover letter, you can then explain how they add value to both you and the prospective company.
Be an Expert
Introductory classes are great, however mentioning them on your CV shows others that you are NOT an expert in, e.g. marketing, and may make you sound less experienced than you really are.
Showing employers how you’ve used the new skills and knowledge you’ve learnt in the workplace can help strengthen the case that your continuing education meant something. Don’t just write a list of the classes you’ve undertaken, but provide a context and show off your results.
In the Interview
Remember that if you do list online courses on your CV you might have to talk about them in your interview. Alongside thinking about questions that you might normally be asked, think about questions that relate to these online courses so you are not put on the spot on the day!