Completing a massive open online course (MOOC) or certificate shows an employer that a job candidate is motivated and curious — and that could potentially set them apart from other applicants, career experts said. But it won’t necessarily land you a new job.
“It’s still new, so it’s not 100 percent respected by executives who are used to hiring people with similar education backgrounds, who went through the traditional route. But we’re early on,” said best-selling author and millennial career expert Dan Schawbel. “More and more companies are looking outside of traditional degrees for talent.”