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Is it appropriate to put free massive online open courses (MOOCs) on a resume?


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Richard’s Answer

Yes! Anything that shows an interest in engaging with the material and learning and staying busy.

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Dante’s Answer

No. However, if you successfully pass the course and gain a knowledge of the subject matter, you should place the subject matter of that course/those courses in the Skills area of your resume.

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Dante’s Answer

No. However, if you successfully pass the course and gain a knowledge of the subject matter, you should place the subject matter of that course/those courses in the Skills area of your resume.

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Jennie’s Answer

If the course skills are relevant to the job you're applying to, I think it's worthwhile to include, as it shows your personal interest and that you've taken initiative to learn something new. You could add it to a section highlighting other skills / interests, rather than with your formal education. Hope that helps!

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Crystal’s Answer

The answer is: it depends.
No- If you have not earned a certificate of completion or some credential, as Jennie has stated, do not include it under formal education.
Yes - If the course is especially relevant to a position for which you are applying, then you can note it under skills on your resume or, better yet, explain how this knowledge supports your ability to perform in your cover letter. Such a course shows that your are a self-starter committed to becoming an expert in a given field.

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