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As the saying goes, the more you know, the further you go. And with the new year upon us, there’s no time like right now to set new career goals. Learning new skills helps you fill your resume with all the great things you know, and makes you more marketable to hiring managers. Why not choose one or more skills and make plans to learn them in 2019?

Ten ideas for new skills to tack on

What should you learn? If you’ve been in search of a new job, you’ve probably reviewed many job descriptions. What qualifications do they list, and which are you missing? This is a perfect place to start planning your learning goals. If not, what are you interested in, and what would you like to learn? Take a little time to get introspective and think about your future—where do you want your career to take you, and what skills will help you get there? This could include finding a new job or advancing at your current one.

Following are 10 ideas to help get you started. Most of these you can even learn online:

  1. Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. If you’re feeling ambitious, it’s helpful to learn advanced applications of these programs.
  2. Digital coding. Code drives the digital world. And programs like HTML, CSS, PHP, and Java are popular coding software used by many around the world.
  3. Math skills. Sure, we recall math class in school—but how much of it did we retain? Math skills help with both home and work functions and are a valuable skill to brush up on.
  4. Another language. The ability to speak and translate a second language is a useful skill in most fields.
  5. You know all those pages of content you scroll through on your smart phone? Someone had to write them. Written communication skills, including composition, grammar, and spelling, are extremely valuable.
  6. How can you advance your current job skills? Become officially certified in a specific discipline.
  7. Social media. What does it take to make a great LinkedIn profile? How can a business market itself on Facebook and Instagram? By brushing up on your social media skills, you can be of great assistance to your boss or colleagues.
  8. Public speaking. You’d be surprised how many ways you can put this skill to good use. The ability to speak well in front of groups make you better at conducting meetings, managing employees and much more.
  9. Project management. Most companies conduct projects to get things done and move ahead. But once a plan is in place, how can they ensure the projects are completed well and on time? That’s where project managers come in—and this role is valuable in just about any industry.
  10. If you want to advance in your position, leading others is one way to go. Leaders are strong, influential and strategic—and many of the fine points of leadership can be learned.

Work with your recruiter

As you plan for your career goals, your recruiter may be able to help. Check with them about potential learning opportunities.

If you need a recruiter, call Inter-Connect

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