I'm starting to take some major-specific classes and I was wondering if I could put them under relevant coursework on my resume even though I haven't completed them yet. Can I just put currently enrolled in parenthesis next to it or something?
Current Relevant Coursework on Resume
Generally speaking, there is no problem with putting current coursework on your resume. In the end it means very little but can raise the bar for your technical questions somewhat. If you are very comfortable talking about all the relevant coursework on your resume there is no issue. That being said, unless your major is non-finance related - relevant coursework does not really impact your application. Our users shared their thoughts below.
@farmerbob shared how best to list ongoing course work:
I've seen it where people have put the date of the class next to it to show that it is being taken or about to be taken. For example under relevant coursework it will say, "Securities Analysis (S'12)" To designate that the class will be taken in the spring semester, same with F for fall or something else along those lines.
User @nycIBD explained that it is fine to list as long as you're prepared for harder technicals.
Throw it on there but know that it raises the standard for your technicals. If you're comfortable with that - there is benefit.
@rothyman shared that it is not wise to put any relevant course work on your resume:
A little warning here... I always used to put relevant coursework on my resume up until about a month ago. It was all good until a hard-nosed interviewer really drilled me with questions about a few of my advanced classes (international finance & international banking).
I think it's pointless to put relevant coursework on your resume and just opens you up to scrutiny. IMO, I would leave it off and just list your major. No one is going to give you a job because of your relevant coursework. Then again, they could easily drop you if you come across as clueless/lying about your coursework.
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