What are good ways to cite self-directed personal skill courses, such as improving memory, time-management, grammar improvement and sales courses on a resumé.


What category should these be listed under?

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    What kind of jobs are you applying to? – DarkCygnus Jul 30 '19 at 16:21
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    When you say "self-directed", is this similar to a self-help book? So there is no certification or outside party who would oversee your progress? – David K Jul 30 '19 at 16:21
  • first: have you provided/designed/taught these courses or you have been a recipient? and second: what do you want to do in life? – aaaaa says reinstate Monica Jul 30 '19 at 17:36
  • Would the job you want involve any sales? If yes, you probably shouldn't think of that as the same as the other courses (it's generally assumed most people are good enough at those things to excel at most jobs without needing a course). Terrible grammar tends to be pretty easy to spot, although a grammar course might be noteworthy if you'll be doing copywriting or other professional writing. Also, are these certified or graded courses? – Dukeling Jul 30 '19 at 17:53
  • If you took some online course, why not just list that? Ex: Lynda.com course: C Essential Training – bhathiya-perera Jul 30 '19 at 18:02

If these courses are generic, and the learnings from them are the general expectation for your role you are applying for, I would advice not listing them directly as it creates fluff in the resume and the hiring manager may end up missing other important details.

Instead, you can use keywords from the courses in your objective statement, and at other places within the details of the work experience you have for various jobs.

However if the courses are specialized, and is something that is either a pre-requisite or is above the general expectation of the role, then it would make sense to include them in your educational qualifications section, and optionally in the objective statement as well.

This could be the case for industry certifications (PSM, PMP, CISO, ITIL, etc), MOOC courses that you have done online (and have certificates for), executive education courses done at universities / b-schools.

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