Have you been looking at job vacancies in your field, and finding that in most cases, you don’t have all (or nearly all) the skills the employer is seeking? It doesn’t make sense to apply for a job unless you’re well qualified because the job market is so competitive. If you don’t have the skills, even if you’re a great networker, resume writer and interviewee, you’re not going to get the job.
Dawn Rasmussen in Single Most Important Career Question to Ask Yourself focuses on the importance of keeping your skill set up-to-date and investing in yourself.
You need to ask yourself, “Are my skills obsolete?”
Rasmussen advises job seekers to apply these questions to their resume to better see what employers are thinking when they read it:
--Have I attained any industry-specific certifications?
--Have I taken any classes, workshops, trainings, conferences, conventions, webinars, continuing education units, or gone to any corporate learning university sessions?
--Have I demonstrated the practical application of what I have learned into my work?
--Has there been any peer recognition for my subject-matter expertise (such as any awards, speaking engagements or publications)?
She says that these factors “are worth their weight in gold” to employers. Rasmussen suggests that you identify key opportunities for enhancing your skill sets and, if you’re employed, present these to your boss as ways you can improve on-the-job productivity. No matter the outcome, she urges all job seekers to invest in themselves and attend the training they wish to attend.
There are additional options we urge you to look into, especially if you wish to significantly upgrade your skills. Consider short-term training which usually includes programs that last for two years or less, attending a certificate program, earning a certification in your occupation or beginning or finishing a degree.
You might qualify for financial aid to pay for additional education. To look into unemployment training funds, classes offered free of charge, federal financial aid and other resources, visit: http://www.iseek.org/jobs/joblossmarketable.html
Another avenue to expand your skill set is volunteering. If there’s a specific skill you wish to build, search for unpaid opportunities that allow you to use these skills with MinnesotaWorks.net .