Realistically, how much leverage do online class credits give my resume? I’ve been taking a series of online coding courses this year and adding them onto my resume but I’m wondering if that’s enough to attract attention from corporate recruiters to my applications. I feel the courses helped me build a good foundation of knowledge on different coding languages but I don’t think employers associate self taught online coursework as previous experience. How can I add more value to my self taught training experience in order to become a more legitimate candidate for an entry level coding job?
Although you may not be able at this point to obtain the position that you desire, experience is your best bet. It gives you opportunity to utilized the training you have as well as create a track record for performance, aim lower for the time being.
If you are going to employers website I would suggest putting together a good cover letter that expands on your coding experience. Besides the education have you put it into real world practice? If so include that in your cover letter. Have you Attended job fairs? Agencies can you hook up with employers looking for entry level coders.
I think online courses give you a leg up in your career and job search. Self-directed learning shows potential employers that you take initiative and are curious about things beyond your regular duties.