With the rapid rate of technology presence in our everyday lives, it comes as no surprise that online learning has also become increasingly popular.
Udemy is a learning institution made specifically for online learners, so that they can gain skills from their own homes.
How to List Udemy Courses on Your Resume
Udemy courses can be listed in the education section on a resume. If specific skills were obtained through these courses, it is best to list these in the skills section instead. Listing courses on a resume is not common, so make sure they are extremely relevant before doing so.
Employers tend to value “true” work experience more so than education, so listing courses on a resume is typically only done by undergrads or new graduates with little practical experience.
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The education section will typically only include college/university degrees including bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD.
If specialty schools were attended such as language schools, trade schools, or etc. these are also placed in the education section.
Listing an individual course in this section is a rarity, so it should only be done in rare circumstances.
For example, one might list classes that were focused on the learning styles of special needs children if they are applying to a special needs school.
Udemy vs accredited schools
One thing to keep in mind about Udemy is that it is not an accredited institution.
You may be asked this upon interview, so you must be upfront about it if it comes up.
Udemy courses are done at one’s own pace, and academic honesty is up to the individual.
Unlike in the case of putting remote work on a resume where it is judged the same way as in-person work, online schools tend to have worse reputations.
The reason being online classes tend to be open book with fewer harsh deadlines.
Udemy courses on a resume pale in comparison to accredited courses because the learning is not quantifiable in the same way it would be in an accredited institution.
This does not mean one cannot learn valuable skills from Udemy courses, but keep in mind a recruiter may be wary of seeing this in the education section.
How to include Udemy courses in the education section of your resume
Udemy courses should be put below one’s university education if available.
The highest level of education should always be on top. Include the Udemy name, course name, the length of study, and a short description only if the course name is unclear.
You should make use of bold or italics on a resume consistently throughout the education section.
If your university degree is formatted in a certain way, make sure that the Udemy class is the same.
Bold and italics do well to help sections and topics read easier, but this illusion is broken if sections are inconsistent.
Listing dates on a resume should not be done here if the class is less than 4 months.
Such a short time span is not impressive and may do more harm than good.
In a case of a short class, list the date as the timespan such as “6-month course” next to the course title.
When formatted correctly, a Udemy course in the education section will look as follows:
Rightworth University (January 2015) – (May 2020)
- BA of Science in Molecular Science
Udemy Online School (3-month course)
- Southeast Asian Botany
Someone looking to study plants in Southeast Asia might wish to include this extra course because it could catch an employer’s eye if they’re in the field.
Outside of relevant circumstances however, this is not necessary to include on a resume.
In most circumstances, it is best to highlight the skills acquired from these courses rather than listing the courses themselves.
This means narrowing the course teachings to a single point and including it in the skills section.
How to include Udemy courses in the skills section of your resume
The skills themselves should be in bold in this section, as they are the most important aspect of the courses.
Those with many skills usually list their skills briefly, while others choose to list skills bullet point style with explanation.
You do not need to include all information in this section.
For those with a wealth of experience and many things they wish to add on a resume, they can include skills briefly by using a two or three column bulleted list.
This involves only listing the skill name without a lengthy description.
When formatted correctly, this type of skills section will look as follows for someone who wishes to include a course on programming languages on their resume:
You might be thinking ‘wait! Udemy is not listed in that section at all!’ That is correct.
In the skills section, you do not necessarily need to list where you acquired the skills.
These are skills an employer may ask about during the interview, but to keep a resume brief, not all skills are outlined as a job would be.
Brevity is key in the skills section, as the most important part is to let an employer know what special skills you hold.
For skills sections with fewer skills, it is often best to list them in a single bulleted list, often with a one-line description accompanying them.
In this format, you can list the Udemy name along with a sentence explaining the course that you took.
Only use this format if you have three or fewer skills to include, as it gets wordy and difficult to read if there are any more than that.
If you choose to include periods with bullet points on your resume, make sure you do so in all sections.
When formatted correctly, this looks as follows:
- Programming Languages
- Took a 4-month course through Udemy on the basics of Python programming.
- Firewall Installation/Maintenance
- Maintained company firewalls to ensure data confidentiality.
- Website Security
- Knowledgeable on techniques to prevent data piracy and phishing.
These formats are not the only ones which can be used in a skills section, but they are two of the most common.
The important thing to remember is not to focus on the Udemy online school, and instead to focus on the growth and skills you achieved as a result of taking the course.
Employers want to know what you can do, so make that the most straightforward part when listing a Udemy course!
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