Completing a certificate is an excellent way to set yourself apart in the applicant pool for both employment and graduate school. However, completing your certificate is just the first step! Market the experience you've gained by completing an experiential learning certificate by following a few key steps:
1. Promote your certificate on resumes and applications
By completing a certificate, you have demonstrated your ability to apply what you learn in the classroom in a real-world setting, as well as many skills and values related to your certificate. Use your certificate to advertise these competencies on your resumes and applications, being sure to tailor your application to the position for which you are applying. Find additional resume advice on the University Career Center's website ».
2. Use your certificate to help create a professional online identity
As you consider entering the job market or graduate school, you should think about how to establish a professional online identity. If an employer looks you up on Google, what do they see? Besides removing potentially embarrassing information from social media outlets like Facebook, you can use your certificate to highlight your accomplishments online through such outlets as LinkedIn or a professional website.
For tips on establishing a professional online presence, visit this guide from the University Career Center » .
3. Make it count in the interview
Use your certificate to highlight particular skills, values, and competencies that are relevant for the position or program. Some examples of things you could emphasize include:
- Hands-on experience: By earning a certificate, you have demonstrated that you can apply what you have learned in class in a real-world setting. This sets you apart from other recent college graduates who might not have experience applying the research and creative methods taught in a college classroom.
- Initiative: You went above and beyond the basic requirements for a degree at KU. This shows that you seek out opportunities and pursue them.
For more tips on interviewing, check out these resources from the University Career Center ».