If you're on the hunt for your first job, then it's only natural to want to leave a good first impression on your potential employer. For job applicants, this is usually done by presenting a winning resume. Despite the thousands of available templates online, making yours stand out in a pool of other aspirants' resumes can be tough—and no, it's not just about the design or layout. The information you decide to highlight or omit as part of your credentials can make or break your potential hiring.
Apart from the academic background and relevant work experience, some job hunters also allot a section for accomplishments, certifications, and skills—but is this actually relevant information that can help hiring managers better visualize your potential or is it just an accessory that is otherwise unnecessary in a resume?
Do certificates matter in a resume when applying for a job?
According to JobStreet Senior Human Resources Officer Kristel Mae Jalotjot, there is actually merit in listing down those certifications you worked to earn on your resume. Not only do you get to acquire skills relevant to the jobs you're applying for by taking online courses or workshops, but putting it on paper also shows that you are dedicated and committed to your personal development and career performance.
"Take advantage of professional development opportunities such as conferences, training, certifications or additional degrees. While there are no guarantees, online learning can help you in strengthening your position within your current company. It can also help you in building your skill set in case you need, or decide to explore new opportunities," she explained. Still, it's important to note that these aren't the only things that matter in your resume, so not having certficates doesn't mean you're any less qualified for a job.
But with the employment landscape shifting drastically due to the pandemic, "upskilling" or acquiring new skills and getting additional training outside of your academic accomplishments may help you discover a career path you can commit to and perform well in. Do note, though, that online courses aren't the only way to upskill. Finding a mentor or focusing on soft skills are also part of the process.
If you're thinking of expanding your expertise in certain fields through online training, here are a couple of platforms that offer online courses:
Skillshare is an online platform where aspiring learners can gain an understanding of various fields and the skills they require, including but not limited to design, business, writing, animation, lettering, photography, and more.
Udemy is another online course provider that offers video learning tools focused on an extensive roster of categories, such as design, marketing, IT, business, music, and even personal development. They also offer a couple of free courses on various topics.
Coursera is an online learning platform that is most known for partnering with different universities and corporations to offer online courses and degree programs. They also have plenty of options for courses that can lead to job-ready certificates, such as ones for data science, IT, and business.