Upskilling: a low-cost, quick way to refresh your resume and experience
If I told you there was a way to add skills to your resume, improve marketability, increase your network, and give potential employers a clear sense that you are committed to learning – you’d be interested right?
The concept I am talking about is “upskilling” yourself. What I mean is looking at ways to quickly and inexpensively add new training and information to your skill set that will be attractive to employers.
Almost every industry and type of job I can think of has an element of skills and training that is cutting edge. In other words, the skill base is varied enough that candidates can set themselves apart by learning innovative and new programs, techniques, and information.
Often this type of training is offered in continuing education settings at local universities and industry associations. Think about the trends in your field and what the gold standards are for training and see how you can develop those skills.
Here are a few examples of training:
- The NY Alzheimer’s Association offers a free 50 hour course in Dementia Care for healthcare professionals
- NYU School of Professional offers relatively low-cost nonprofit certificates in fundraising
- City University of New York offers low-cost programs to upgrade technology skills
And, here are a few examples of ways to think about enhancing your knowledge:
- IT professionals can expand their knowledge base from PCs to include Apple products
- Accounting professionals can expand their knowledge software from only Peachtree to Quickbooks as well
- Admin professionals can become certified in project management skills
- Medical coders can learn “upcoding” to understand new changes to medical codes to help doctor offices increase reimbursements
- Customer service professionals can learn to use customer relationship management tools like salesforce.com or Oracle On Demand systems
- Healthcare paraprofessionals can learn geriatric or pediatric specialties as these are growing need areas
The benefits in my mind are very clear: you can make it clear to employers that you are continuing to invest in yourself; it gives you fresh data to speak about in cover letters and interviews; and importantly increase your network.
Angie Kamath, who overseesWorkforce1 as the Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, shares her perspective on Workforce1 and the New York City job market in her weekly Jobs in New York City column.
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