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How to Improve Your Resume at Minimal Costs

Updated on June 1, 2016

Getting your dream job can be very hard. Especially when you have an unattractive resume. If you think your resume could use a little redecorating, then I will show you ways on how to improve your resume with no experience at minimal costs or almost for free. Many valuable things in life seem to have a big price tag. Education is one of them. Education is a great way of improving your CV. Education used to be about learning. Now it's only about certificates. Many have even forged their own, but we're not going to take that route. Here's a basic way of earning certificates.

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Getting your dream job can be very hard. Especially when you have an unattractive resume. If you think your resume could use a little redecorating, then I will show you ways on how to improve your resume with no experience at minimal costs or almost for free. Many valuable things in life seem to have a big price tag. Education is one of them. Education is a great way of improving your CV. Education used to be about learning. Now it's only about certificates. Many have even forged their own, but we're not going to take that route. Here's a basic way of earning certificates.

1. ALISON

Alison is a well known MOOC provider. Alison hosts a variety of courses, from computer literacy to medical literacy. All courses are taught thorough an interactive platform which mainly consists of textual content. Some course platforms may contain video while others interactive games. Alison is known for hosting mediocre content, but I didn't find that to be the case with the courses I took. Alison also hosts a number of diploma courses, but the courses are rated at high school level. After successfully completing a course, you are eligible to purchase a certificate. You have the option to either purchase an electronic copy or a hard copy with the latter being more expensive. I would only recommend Alison, if you're planning on doing a diploma course. Note, all courses at Alison are not accredited.

2. Saylor

Saylor offers many top-notch courses with most of them being rated at college-level. Saylor also offers a few college credit courses, but you'll need to pay an additional fee. Saylor's course platforms are on the dull side. Courses mainly consists of textual content while some offers a few Youtube videos. Saylor also gives a free digital certificate upon completion of an exam. Sadly, most features on Saylor are coming to an end on 26th August 2015, including the free certificates. You'll only be able to participate in courses afterwards.

3. Open2Study

Open2study is run by the popular Open institute. Many courses at Open2study are highly interactive. I haven't reviewed Open2study yet due to registration issues. Regardless, I still recommend Open2study because of their reputation. You'll also receive a free digital certificate upon completion of a course.

4. Udemy

Udemy is well known for it's large array of courses. This is because most of their courses are user generated, meaning anyone can create their own course at Udemy. If you're planning on doing free courses at Udemy, you'll be disappointed as course quality is mediocre. Many paid courses have top-notch content. Although many courses are generated by freelancer, there are some courses which are made by professional institutes like Manipal College. You'll receive a certificate after completing a course, whether it's free or paid.

5. edX

Courses at edX are offered by prestigious universities such as Harvard. Courses are edX are highly interactive. They offer full videos for each lesson. They also offer textual version of each lesson. There will also be exams and assignment. There's discussion forms where you can interact with your peers. Generally, taking a course and receiving a certificate is free, but if you want a signature verified cert, you'll have to pay a fee.

Accredited Diploma Courses

Most of these platforms can be used to improve your resume free. Taking MOOCs doesn't take much time, so you can improve your resume while in college. MOOCs like Saylor can be very useful as you can earn college credit. Having certificates isn't still enough to make your resume. You'll need some accredited certs. UK is famous for it's cheap vocational diploma courses. Here are some providers.

1. Shaw Academy

The Shaw Academy is far by the cheapest way to get a diploma or improve your CV. Normally, their courses would be priced about $1100. Occasionally, the Shaw Academy would be placing promotions at Groupon. They would reduce some of their courses' price to a mere $40.

2. Stonebridge

This is an optional way. Stonebridge does offer cheap accredited diploma courses, but they're basic course price is above the budget of a college student. If you're wiling to pay the price, you won't be disappointed. Stonebridge offers great content and gives lot's of privileges. The only disappointment is the attitude of the personal tutor and customer support officers.

Tuition-Free Degree Programs

Time to put the star on the Christmas tree. Nothing's more luxurious than a degree from a university. Currently, there are only two tuition-free universities online, one them isn't offering any programs now.

1. UoPeople

University of The People is the first online university that offers accredited tuition-free degree courses. Currently, they're only accepting US residents excluding two states. They're offering degrees in two fields, computer science and business administration. Applicants must also be aged 18 and above and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

2. The WSU

This university isn't currently offering any programs, but is planning on releasing an associates degree in arts in the near future. They're currently offering three text-based courses.

Freelancing Online

One of the resume's basic component is the experience section. Working at a physical location will take time and much effort. By working online, you'll get experience and convenience. Sites like Freelancer and Upworks allow users to bid for a job of their choosing. If they win the auction, they'll be selected for the job. After finishing the job, you'll be paid and have something to write in the experience section. There are many types of jobs to choose from, plus college students can also apply. Here's a tip, ask your client if you can receive some kind paperwork proving that you've worked with them. This will make your resume look more trustworthy.

If you follow all of the tips given, you'll improve the look of your resume. Hope this article helped you. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.

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