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Should You Put Non-Degree Coursework on Your IT Resume?

A common question IT job candidates ask our recruiters is what they should list on their resumes. It’s a good question, especially when trying to stay succinct while listing all your skills. But what about the non-degree coursework you’ve taken? Should you even bother listing it? The answer is: It depends.

Does Your Resume Need Non-Degree IT Coursework?

As of 2022, many companies across the United States waived the formal requirement that you must have a BA to get an IT job. For example, around 26% of the jobs posted on the Accenture website at that time required a BA. At IBM, only 29% of their jobs required a traditional four-year degree. Instead, these companies now look at skills over education when hiring candidates. By 2023, only about half of the open remote IT positions require a four-year degree.

That can change things if you’re trying to figure out what to put on your resume. Non-degree IT coursework can hold more weight over credentials because they may illustrate the experience you need to get the job. But how can you know if you should list these non-traditional experiences? Here’s a checklist to help walk you through your decision-making:

These factors come into play when considering what to put on or leave off your resume. It’s one of the biggest questions most IT candidates ask our Blackstone Talent Group recruiters. We’re happy to provide advice and support to the IT community. Make the connection with us. Send us your resume for a complimentary review and discuss what’s next in your career.

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