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Should you put a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Your Resume?

Should you put a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Your Resume?

The short answer is YES. According to our own Alison Farmer, Vice President of Learning and Development here at Aquent, a MOOC listed on a resume shows that someone is curious, interested in self-improvement and engaged with their professional development — all of which are great attributes to share with a prospective employer.

During our first foray into providing a MOOC (our “Summer of Learning,” which focused on HTML5) we received feedback from clients that they were impressed that the candidates we sent them had taken the initiative to educate themselves on emerging technologies.

However, like so many things, you'll only get out of it what you put into it. Alison recommends that if you're trying to use it as a competitive advantage in your job hunt, then you need to complete the course for it to mean something. Not only will you need to speak knowledgeably about what you learned, but you'll also want to demonstrate to a potential employer that you follow through on commitments.

Read more of Alison’s thoughts in the article, Putting a MOOC on the Resume.


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