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Online courses are a great way to show that you’ve extra talents on your CV and in interviews, and if you’ve done some in your lifetime, let employers know about it. It's often difficult for employers to gauge you soft skill qualities, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) demonstrate that you've personal drive, discipline and a willingness to learn, so use them to shout all about it. They are one way to set yourself apart from the crowd, displaying your relevance and usefulness to potential employees, and is a great conversation starter in interviews. 

Before you write your CV and attend any interviews, think about the courses that you have undertaken, perhaps go over what you took from the course, both in terms of actually skills and how you used your time, and think about that ones that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Why did you enrol on these courses? What can you do now that you couldn't do before?

Here are some of the soft skills you can show employers you've gained through the use of MOOCs:

Motivation

You are willing to put in time and effort by yourself, whether it’s to learn a new skill or get up-to-scratch on something you are rusty on. It shows that if you are employed with the company you’ll be willing to put in time to enhance your current skills and go further than the other candidates. 

Positive attitude

You can go the extra mile when it comes to doing the work, and are prepared to do what it takes to make everything go smoothly. 

Willingness to learn

Learning via MOOCs implies that you know that you don’t yet know everything, therefore showing your humility. In the workplace, it means that you’ll be able to speak out when you don’t understand something and that you are perhaps not always right. In turn, if you show conviction colleagues will be more likely to trust you. 

Interest

Undertaking a MOOC in your own time shows potential employees that you are interested in the outside world and are passionate about something. Being passionate about your work and your life can go a very long way. It’s better to list MOOCs that are related to the job that you are applying for, however all interests are valuable. 

Flexibility & adaptability

Learning in your own time shows employers that you can work on more than one thing at once, and can prioritise your work depending on what’s more important at the time. It’s a very useful skill to have in the workplace!

Self-discipline

As MOOC completion rates are below 13% actually completing a MOOC shows employers that you are capable of seeing a project through.

Organisation

As MOOCs are studied in your own time, they show potential employers that you can set aside time to complete something, and stick to your schedule. 

A specific skill

Depending the course you are undertaking you’ll gain a specific skill. Make sure that you learn skills that are relevant to the jobs and careers you are looking to do in the future rather than everything and anything

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