Coursera is offering a free online resume course right now — you’ll learn to put together a strong resume for any industry with the help of a professional career counselor

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If you’re looking to optimize your next career move, it’d be wise to start with a strong resume.

How to Write a Resume is an online course taught by SUNY career counselor and recruiter Holly Justice that walks you through how to create the cornerstone of your job search. This seemingly simple document is what markets you to prospective employers, and as something you’ll submit over and over again, it’s important that yours is polished to the best version it can be.

In this course, you’ll either revise a current resume or create one from scratch with the help of an insider’s strategy and feedback from your peers. The whole thing can be completed in around three hours, and from now until December 31, it’s completely free as part of Coursera’s 100 free online courses.

While the course is mostly designed for college students or young professionals who are writing a resume for the first time, it provides a useful peek behind the curtain for anyone hoping to gain meaningful career guidance. Justice presents resume best practices as well as pitfalls to avoid and explores some current resume trends from the perspective of a professional career counselor and recruiter.

You’ll also get an introduction to the purpose of a great resume, a top-to-bottom look at its typical sections, tips on extracting transferable skills from past experiences, and advice on action statements, maximizing data, and organizing your work experience into a strong thesis statement to recruiters. Students will also hear from an employer about how they approach a stack of resumes, so they can understand how the application process works from a different perspective. And in the fourth module, students learn how to determine buzzwords for their industry or a job posting, and how to incorporate them effectively in their resume. 

Of course, resumes vary depending on the industry, but Justice will help you to build a universal framework that’s applicable to most, if not all, fields.

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