Certificates of Completion: Enhance Your Resume

Certificates of Completion: Enhance Your Resume

According to a 2012 Babson Group survey, enrollment for online classes has topped 6.7 million. Other key findings in this report state that 32 percent of higher education students now take at least one online course per term. As online universities and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) generate more alumni in the years to come, acceptance of online learning in the work place will grow. This means you can use Microsoft Office tutorials to learn not skills and to fill out your resume.

Online learning is new territory for many people, but as its popularity grows, you will likely see more offerings than just full college courses available online. Many online courses for software like Microsoft Office or other marketable skills offer a certificate of completion. You can add this award to your skills and list it on your resume. Many employers expect a basic knowledge of common Office programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but certification from an established MOOC proves your skills.

Employers look for relevant experience and education when selecting candidates. However, it s common for candidates, especially for recent graduates, to have the education without relevant experience. Certificates of completion from professional tutorial sites in courses involving Microsoft Office, especially advanced courses in popular programs like Word, can make your resume stand out during the hiring process. Completing a course independently shows employers you're personally motivated to learn and proves you have knowledge of the programs.

Look for courses with quizzes or exercise files so you can work along with the video to get hands-on experience with the programs you want to learn. Without an in-person professor to push you, it's easy to speed through tutorial videos without learning. Unfortunately, not all tutorials offer final tests before awarding you a certificate. The more you retain from your course, the more you can prove to potential employers that you know your stuff. However, keep in mind that these certificates aren't supposed to replace a college degree or real-world experience.

When listing any certifications or extra credentials on your resume, designate a section for your education. This field should contain any degrees or extra qualifications you may have. Certificates of completion are supplemental qualifications. Adding a certificate of completion to your resume is a great idea if you're a new graduate or have a degree in a field different from the job you're seeking. List specific things you learned in the course, such as skills like creating pivot tables, templates and styles, as these are especially useful tools. The more specific you are about your course, the more credibility you earn, both with the person reviewing your resume and anyone with them.

The Microsoft Office tutorials available through a variety of quality sites can help you learn basic skills for the job you want. Adding a certificate of completion to your resume adds credibility to your current skill set. Job-hunting is stressful when you don't have a lot of experience on your resume, but it gets better when you have the bragging rights that come along with completing an Advanced Microsoft Office course.

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