When hiring, different employers look for different things, but they’re all trying to answer the same overarching question: can this individual add value to my business?
Inexperience is always an issue in job interviews and can be a difficult task to set yourself apart from the crowd, but showcasing your completion of relevant online courses is a great starting point. You can find a huge variety of free or low cost courses that are available. Read our Use of Virtual Learning blog here and find out how online training can be beneficial. With that in mind, here are three reasons why you should add online courses to your CV:
1. It invites conversation
When going through the recruitment process, it’s important to set yourself apart from the other applicants. Adding relevant online course completion to your CV can be really refreshing, and will often prove to the employer that you are willing to learn in your own time. This also invites conversation, so be prepared to answer questions on the courses and what you learnt!
2. It displays relevant, standout skill sets
It can be difficult to speak confidently about a skillset that you’ve developed and convey what you can actually do for a company.
Online courses are a great way to showcase unique skills that set you apart from other qualified candidates, they provide a clear-cut example of what you know and what you can get done. Companies are now looking for candidates with a diverse mix of experience and knowledge, to progress within their company. So completing online courses is a great way to prove your skills and knowledge.
3. It represents soft skills and personality
Investing your time into virtual learning is impressive. It demonstrates personal drive and discipline, intellectual maturity, curiosity, and a strong willingness to learn, all of which are important to employers.
Even if you’ve taken courses unrelated to the position and something you’re passionate about, it’s still interesting to include within your CV. They want to see that you’re willing to go the extra mile because that also indicates passion, and passion indicates value.
But how should you actually go about adding online courses onto your CV?
One of the best ways to incorporate online courses into your CV is by including a cover letter. It allows you to connect with a recruiter on a personal level. It’s a great way to discuss what drove you to enrol in these courses and further your education, the knowledge you gained from the course and what you can do now that you couldn’t do before and how it would benefit and add value to their business.
If you haven’t completed a degree or if you're applying for a job that’s unrelated to your degree, a second option is adding your online learning experience in an entirely new section called Professional Development or even the education section in your CV.
Here at GFT we offer a variety of online courses that could benefit you. If you’re interested in any of our online training courses, click here for more information.
Alternatively, if you're looking for a selection of free online courses, click here to access the links.