Good question! Free online courses can be very valuable when explaining your skillset and what you can offer a potential employer. You can place it on your resume in education or skills. You can also elaborate on the course in your cover letter by explaining why you took it. Some reasons people take free online courses are to refresh knowledge of a topic, gain new knowledge and skills to to do a desired job, for personal growth and development, or general curiosity. It may also be to grow within a field of work. There are other reasons too, like to enhance or compliment a course of study. Any of these validate your taking such courses. The better you can clearly explain what you gained from the course that can benefit the job the more believe able your studies will be
Of course, not allowing too much te to pass from when the course is completed and you actually apply that knowledge and skills to will help on that information being remembered. They are seen by the employer as valid and as great initiative. Some employers are more familiar with them than others so be prepared to explain what they are and how long you took the course(s). Good luck!
Lashay recommends the following next steps:
- Try to use more popular MOOC sites so that you can navigate easily and to increase chances of employer being aware of it.
- Give yourself a fair amount of time each week to work on the course (s). Follow the instructions for a guide.