Looking for a new job can be hard. It is difficult to balance writing cover letters and interviewing with the tasks of your current job, and standing out from so many eager candidates is no easy feat.
If your résumé is easy to read and free of typos, and features great relevant experience, try adding some skills to the bottom. Your skill set can further market you as a top candidate, potentially setting you apart from the rest of the applicant pool.
Below, we rounded up relevant skills for a variety of careers, so there's bound to be something worth enrolling in.
1. Adobe Photoshop
If you're looking to pursue a more creative career, such as photo editing or graphic design, a basic knowledge of Photoshop is usually a requirement.
2. Microsoft Excel
Those who work in finance spend the bulk of their days entering and analyzing information in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, so it's crucial to know the program inside out.
3. Bloomberg Terminal
Just like in college, a course is only as good as its instructor, and we can't imagine a better resource to teach you about the Bloomberg Terminal than Bloomberg. With lectures on everything from currency risks to monitoring GDPs, this course breaks down what you need to know in a way that's easy for beginners to understand.
4. Spanish or another foreign language
Learning a new language is not an easy task; it forces you to rewire your brain a bit. But the benefits of learning a second language are well documented. People who are bilingual tend to have better memories and are better at multitasking. They are more desirable for certain jobs, too.
5. Web development
Whether you're an established editor making the switch from print to digital or a new graduate prepping for your first post-college job, everyone working for a website should understand how the back end of websites work. While content management systems (CMS) vary from publication to publication, mastering WordPress is great starting point.
7. Public speaking
No matter what industry you work in, one thing's for sure: You will most likely have to speak in front of a large crowd at some point in your career. Some people are naturals at public speaking, but others aren't. If you find yourself in the latter category, learn how to be calm, cool, and collected.
Consider search-engine optimization — SEO — a great tool for anyone whose job measures success with clicks, likes, and shares. By adding SEO to your skill set, you're showing your potential employers that you have what it takes to execute a high-trafficking article or successful social-media campaign.
9. Google Analytics
If SEO training piqued your interest, enrolling in a Google Analytics course is a smart move, too. Now that you're learning about how to optimize your articles and campaigns, you need a way to record and analyze your results. learn more about your site's demographic, as well as other helpful information, like how many people clicked back on your site, story, or campaign.
10. Product management
Getting a new idea off the ground and in front of potential investors can be hard. Whether you're on the marketing team for a new startup or prepping to showcase your product on "Shark Tank," this course is not to be missed. Instructor Charles Du helped launch NASA's first app, so he knows a thing or two about creating a successful product. In addition to summing up the entire product management process, Du also gives his two cents on why so many ideas fail.