I’ve Completed an Online Course. Now What?

Congratulations on finishing your online course! You have learned an incredible new skill, but now where do you go from here? There are several ways you can put your new knowledge to use in your job search. 


Put the skill into action:

You don’t have to wait until your new job to put the skill to use. Think of issues within your daily life that can be solved or improved with this skill. You can also reach out to family and friends to see if they could benefit as well.

From there, you’ll be equipped with stories to highlight this skill to future employers and demonstrate that you applied your knowledge beyond the bootcamp. 


Add to your resume:

Capitalize on this skill by including it in your resume. You should include the name of the certificate or program completed during the bootcamp. Additionally, if you put the skill into action within your current job, you can provide that information as well. 


Highlight the skill in your job search:

You should start thinking of ways the skill can help in the jobs you are applying to, especially if you learned the skill to make you a more viable job candidate. If you completed projects as part of the course, or you’ve already started putting those skills to use in side projects or your current job, add those to your resume. You can add them as resume bullets below the education experience or add a projects section. 

Online Courses are an excellent way to show employers you value learning new skills, while also providing an incentive to hire you. (The less you require special training, the more attractive you are as a candidate.) We have included some additional resources below on ways you can leverage new skills in negotiating your new job offer or boosting your salary by pivoting to different industries. 


Do I need to pay for the course certification?

Except for very specific jobs where the certification is required, you do not need to pay for the certification. For example, it does make sense to pay for the Salesforce Administrator, CISSP, or COMPTIA+ certification because these are industry standards required for the job.  It doesn’t make sense to pay for a SQL, HTML, Data Analytics certification because there’s no standard certification required for these jobs.  What’s more important is showing how you’ve applied those skills in your job, side projects, or side hustles. 

Still need help with the resume?

If you’re unsure how to build a resume or cover letter that adequately describes your new skill sets, JobStep is here to help.

JobStep recommends the following free courses for these in-demand skills:

Salesforce: Salesforce Trailhead

Excel: Analyzing Data with Excel (EdX)

SQL – If you learn better by reading: Try ModeAnalytics‘ course

SQL – If you learn better through videos: Try Khan Academy‘s classes

SQL Practice – Code Academy: https://www.codecademy.com/learn/learn-sql – CodeAcademy has the best interface for getting used to coding Syntax. They’re less good on explaining the logic behind code but great for giving you problems to work on. Code Academy also has an intro to SQL and SQL for business intelligence.

HTML/Javascript/CSS: CodeAcademy (Great practice tutorials)

Zendesk: https://training.zendesk.com/series/zendesk-admins 


JobStep Resources:

Step by Step Guidelines: How to Negotiate Your Job Offer

$10,000+ Reasons to Pivot to the Tech Industry