When searching for a new hire, different employers look for different things, but they\u2019re all trying to answer the same overarching question: can this individual add value to my business? As a strong potential candidate, it\u2019s your job to help them reach the right conclusion. It can be a difficult task to set yourself apart from the crowd, but showcasing your completion of relevant online courses is a great starting point. With that in mind, here are three reasons why you should add online courses to your resume: 1. It makes for a better interview. Employers use interviews to gauge the value you can add to their company, and it\u2019s important to set yourself apart from the other applicants. It\u2019s not every day that an interviewer sees an online course or program on a resume (though it is becoming more common). Adding relevant online coursework can really help you stand out. It\u2019s unique and invites conversation, so be prepared to answer questions. You could expect to be asked: \tWhat drove you to enrol in these courses and further your education? \tWhat knowledge did you gain from the courses? \tWhat can you do now that you couldn\u2019t do before? One of our edX learners, Daniel, took the Six Sigma Professional Certificate program from TUMx and\u00a0used the knowledge that he learned to help him get a new job and further his career\u00a0in industrial engineering and production management. \u201cI had an additional certificate to differentiate myself from other job applicants and it gave me the confidence to apply to more advanced positions. It really gave my CV a boost! It demonstrated my motivation due to the fact that the certificate was earned in my free time,\u201d Daniel said. 2. It displays relevant, standout skill sets. Applicants often struggle to convey what they can actually do for a company. Speaking confidently about a skill set that you\u2019ve developed can help guide interviewers in the right direction. Online courses on your CV provides a clear-cut example of what you know and what you can get done. Online courses are also a great way to showcase unique skills that set you apart from other qualified candidates, which is becoming increasingly important as more and more companies look for candidates with a diverse mix of experience (sometimes called \u201chybrid skills\u201d). For example, if you\u2019re a marketing professional, it can be beneficial to highlight\u00a0additional data analysis skills. These skills may even help you negotiate a higher salary.\u00a0According to Burning Glass Technologies, often, the introduction of a single hybrid skill can increase salaries by up to 40%. Looking to add unique skill sets to your resume? Try an introductory program in\u00a0data science\u00a0or\u00a0computer science, or strengthen soft skills with a certificate in\u00a0agile project management. 3. It shows character. Enrolling in online education, in and of itself, is impressive. It demonstrates personal drive and discipline, intellectual maturity, curiosity, and a strong willingness to learn\u2014all of which are important to employers. It\u2019s difficult for interviewers to always gauge these qualities, but it\u2019s what they\u2019re trying to do. They want to see that you\u2019re willing to go the extra mile because that indicates passion, and passion indicates value. Bear in mind, though, that this only applies if you are able to talk about what you learned and how it\u2019s relevant to the position. For example, courses such as something like\u00a0Six Sigma: Define and Measure\u00a0or\u00a0Visualizing Data With Python\u00a0are great signals of concrete, actionable, and highly relevant professional skills. Note: Generally, it\u2019s not relevant to list a course unrelated to the position, such as one about the\u00a0American Civil War. An interest section on your resume, however, is a great place for this. Employers are searching for talent, but they\u2019re also looking for personality. If you\u2019re passionate about it, include it. But how should you actually go about adding online courses and programs to your resume? One of the best ways to incorporate online courses into your resume is by means of a cover letter. It allows you to connect with a recruiter or hiring manager on a personal level and is a great place to discuss the professional skills that you\u2019ve acquired and how they relate to the position. If you\u2019re submitting your resume electronically, you can even link to the course profiles. A second option is to create an entirely new section on your resume, such as \u201cskills and objectives,\u201d \u201cpersonal advancement,\u201d or \u201cprofessional development.\u201d Another is to include your online learning experience in the education section of your resume. This can be especially useful if you haven\u2019t completed a degree program or if you\u2019re applying for a job that\u2019s unrelated to your degree. In any case, only include the courses that you completed or earned a certificate in and the major takeaways of each. Don\u2019t sell yourself short, but don\u2019t overdo it either. Be concise and make sure that everything you include is relevant to the job.