Is it beneficial to show online certificates on a CV?

2017-10-21 10:47:32

Coursera offers quite a lot of very interesting courses and provides certificates after completing them. They're good not only for learning new things, but also revising the material that has been previously learned at a standard university.

I was wondering if it would be beneficial to put a note/list of the online courses completed on my graduate (computing science) CV/resume. In my opinion it shows not only that you did the course, but also curiosity and general interest in learning.

If you have a section on your resume that lists additional professional development activities, and those activities are relevant to your actual profession, then it can't hurt. Whether or not it helps depends on how much weight the reader puts into additional professional development, and Coursera (or Udacity, or MITx, etc) in particular.

Note that I would not list these courses under education, as they are not credit-bearing and were not part of your degree.

From my perspective

  • If you have a section on your resume that lists additional professional development activities, and those activities are relevant to your actual profession, then it can't hurt. Whether or not it helps depends on how much weight the reader puts into additional professional development, and Coursera (or Udacity, or MITx, etc) in particular.

    Note that I would not list these courses under education, as they are not credit-bearing and were not part of your degree.

    From my perspective as a hiring manager, when I review resumes and someone has listed additional professional development, it always stands out to me. Given that many of my own employees have been encouraged to develop themselves professionally by using Coursera, Udacity, MITx, etc even during "work time", I obviously view these things favorably from the start. However, even if I did not, I would still take note of professional development on one's CV/resume.

    2017-10-21 11:17:31
  • Take a look at LinkedIn. There are three sections under your profile: Certifications, Courses and Education. You can list all your Coursera, Udacity, MITx, etc courses under Courses.

    LinkedIn has done a lot of research and thinking on what hiring managers want to know about you.

    Write your resume using elements from LinkedIn. Include sections for Certifications, Courses and Education.

    Think about it: If you were to hire a candidate you would like to know about these Coursera courses.

    2017-10-21 11:38:30
  • It requires passion, interest and commitment for one to start, complete and earn a certificate at any online course. This is also being well acknowledged by recruiters these days.

    I hope you have taken the online courses for shaping a specific part of your career or advancing into a particular domain. So, phrases like "self-taught ___" would help the recruiter recognize the work you put in.

    Example: If you have taken online courses for becoming a data scientist, then including a phrase like "A self-taught data scientist" would help the recruiter learn that you have self learnt your skills.

    I had and have it on my resume and LinkedIn profile, and it worked really well, in fact I was well appreciated by the interviewers for putting those extra efforts. After all those days of HW's, assignments and quizzes, it feels good.

    Coming to the resume, including courses would just extend it's length without adding much value. Instead, include a project which you have done as part of the MOO

    2017-10-21 12:03:31
  • If the hiring manager knows what MOOC platforms are doing to the learning space, offering up certificates to relevant completed courses may be beneficial. Harvard Business Review has run multiple articles about the future of learning and relevance of degree programs, with the general upshot that competency-based learning is becoming more and more relevant in hiring decisions.

    Organizations like Coursera are partnering with well-respected institutes, and that's part of the value of the certificate - so be sure to get the certificate and to include the host institute (Johns Hopkins, etc.). It shows you're aware of the future and willing to take steps to get there.

    2017-10-21 12:11:04
  • Not really. A course list doesn't really add value or distinguish your CV. Would would be better is to take a few select examples of things you did during your course that show how good you are. i.e where you went beyond the course material and self taught because you were interested in the subject material.

    2017-10-21 12:42:00