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Gain New Knowledge with Free Classes

By   |  Dated: 06-16-2015

Summary: An abundance of free online courses are at your fingertips. Take the opportunity to learn new skills to benefit your resume and yourself.

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Gain New Knowledge with Free Classes

Gaining new skills is a great way to freshen up your resume and learn something you've always wanted to know how to do. Maybe you have always wanted to learn a new language. Now is the time to do it. There are more resources and options for you to use for free than ever before. Many universities are creating programs for people to take classes for free. You won't earn a degree from taking the classes, but you do gain a skillset that makes a great addition to your resume.

There are new developments in technology every day that can transform the industry. Taking Massive Open Online Classes (MOOC) can help you be a more competitive applicant and employee, plus it can be fun to acquire new skills just for the sake of learning. These kinds of courses serve as a way to network with instructors and other students from around the world.

The top skills sought after by employers are leadership, problem solving, teamwork, work ethic, technical knowledge and good communication in both written and verbal forms. Most of these skills can be developed by taking online classes through the top universities like MIT for free, while others can be taken from popular websites like Coursera and Udemy.

Having skills in coding, programming, Java, Photoshop, Google Analytics, social media management, or marketing may also be enough to set you apart from the average candidate. Or you might have the previously listed expertise but lack the skills to work efficiently with others in the office. Taking a class on public speaking, writing, negotiation, or communication will help you learn how to work with others with confidence.

A skill that can take longer to become fluent in but can greatly affect your career and personal interest is learning a new language. If you plan on pursuing a career that works closely with other countries then this skill is a must. When you are able to immediately start communications with foreign clients or colleagues without having to wait for a translator, you will greatly impress any employer.

Once you have successfully completed a course, add it to your resume and LinkedIn profile. Not all employers will hold these new credentials from other sources as equal to ones completed at MIT and Harvard, but you can provide examples of completed projects as attachments to your resume and LinkedIn profile to demonstrate the quality of the education you received. Showing potential employers your new skills, and not just telling them what they are will make a greater impact.

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