Alongside common New Year’s resolutions like fitness and wellness goals, professional development is probably one area of your life you’re looking to improve in 2018.
Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, it’s always a good idea to keep your résumé updated and make sure you don’t fall behind on the always-evolving skill sets needed in your industry.
You don’t need degrees in these highly-demanded skills. Instead, you can go to an e-learning site to find hundreds of courses that will let you learn everything you need to know, on your own time.
Now’s a better time than ever to learn that program or technology you’ve been hearing everyone talk about this year because online-learning platforms like Udemy and GoSkills are currently slashing prices on courses that normally cost hundreds of dollars.
Don’t let excuses get in the way of your professional goals — take a course in these six useful and important skills and your résumé will thank you.
Project management, the method of delivering projects within constraints like cost, schedule, and resources, is a tricky skill to master because it involves managing different personalities and skill sets across various departments. Project managers are in high demand but good ones are hard to find.
- Project Management Basics, $29 for the single course or $19/month for access to all courses on GoSkills
- PMP Exam Prep: Earn Your PMP Certification, $200 on Udemy
- Engineering Project Management Specialization, free 7-day trial or $49/month on Coursera
Microsoft Excel is full of useful features and tools you probably didn’t even know existed. Data-oriented skills are on every manager’s mind and if you can make PivotTables, use VLOOKUP, and create macros, you’ll be a step ahead of other applicants. These courses will help you understand how to approach and solve business problems by leveraging the power of Excel.
- Microsoft Excel – Excel from Beginner to Advanced, $150 on Udemy
- Microsoft Excel – Advanced Excel Formulas & Functions, $175 on Udemy
- Excel for Marketers, free 30-day trial or $19.99/month for access to all courses on Lynda
- Problem Solving with Excel (PwC), free 7-day trial or $49/month on Coursera
Email isn’t dead. In fact, as successful newsletters have shown, it’s an effective and engaging channel to communicate with your followers and customers — if you do it correctly. Learn how to use one of the most popular marketing automation platforms, MailChimp, with these courses.
- Getting Started with Email Marketing, free 30-day trial or $15/month for access to all courses on Skillshare
- The Complete MailChimp Email Marketing Course, $50 on Udemy
For businesses that live online, using Google Analytics is inescapable. The service lets them analyze the visitors to their site by tracking landing page quality and conversions, sales activity, and more. Master Google Analytics and you’ll be able to offer valuable insights that can make a real difference in the success of an online business.
- Google Analytics Training Course for Beginners, $200 on Udemy
- Google Analytics Essential Training, free 30-day trial or $19.99/month for access to all courses on Lynda
- The Web Developer Bootcamp, $200 on Udemy
- The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0, $200 on Udemy
- Introduction to HTML, $29 for the single course or $19/month for access to all courses on GoSkills
Public speaking and presentation skills
How you communicate and present your work is just as important as the work itself. Discover how to cater content to your audience, use PowerPoint and Keynote to its full potential, and present information confidently. Then, highlight the relevant instances in which you use these communication skills in the experience portion of your résumé.
- The Complete Presentation and Public Speaking/Speech Course, $200 on Udemy
- Improve Your PowerPoint & Design Skills, free 30-day trial or $15/month for access to all courses on Skillshare
- Public Speaking Foundations, free 30-day trial or $19.99/month for access to all courses on Lynda
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