New Skill Training
Every job seeker knows if you don’t have the skills the employer is looking for, your chances of getting an interview are slim to none. But bolstering your skill set is easier than many people might realize, and it may provide the biggest benefit in making your resume stand out from the crowd.
Going back to school is the most obvious route for improving your skills and ultimately your chances of being hired. But spending two years and tens of thousands of dollars to get a master’s degree isn’t your only option. Many universities now offer hybrid online programs so you can finish your master’s degree more quickly. They also offer narrowly focused degree programs to help those in specific career fields get a leg up. If you don’t have time for a master’s program, consider earning a minor or certificate in an area where your resume is lacking. And don’t forget to look at technical academies and other programs that offer crash courses and hands-on training that can prove invaluable.
Specific skill training
Not every development opportunity has to come from a fully fledged program. Often times job seekers find they just need one or two more skills to fully fit their ideal job description, and bolstering those skills through individual courses is often the most viable option. For example, if you need to learn a specific program like Photoshop or WordPress to round out your skill set, there are many online classes that offer certification upon completion. Many community adult education programs will also offer these types of classes. If you’re already somewhat familiar with the software and don’t care about certification, there are thousands of video tutorials on YouTube and other platforms that can provide a simple refresher.
The power of mentorship
Gaining new skills doesn’t have to be a complicated or expensive process. If you don’t know something, just ask. Before you leave a position, or in reaching back to contacts you’ve made over the years, find the person who has the skills you’re looking for and ask for their guidance. While busy professionals won’t have time to teach you everything, they may be able to get you started, or point you in a direction you hadn’t considered before. Strengthening and adding to your skill set will always make you a better candidate in the longrun.
Below you will find additional information and resources on skill set development: