In today’s highly competitive market, your resume must stand out in the crowd – check out our blog post on resumes here.
But, have you thought about what additional skills you can add to your resume to make it come out top? At the moment, many people are working from home and avoiding the usual commute to work. So, why not use this time to work on your personal development and add some additional skills to your profile.
Here are our tips and tricks to nailing personal development.
Start with a review
Begin by looking for the most appealing jobs and identify the key skills employers ask for. Next, review your resume and highlight where your expertise matches, where your expertise exceeds the requirements, and where you may lack the experience. Once you’ve identified your gaps, you will know where to begin your personal development.
One silver lining of the pandemic is that a lot of events and training sessions have moved online. We’re seeing a massive increase in businesses using webinars to reach the masses, and they are a great way to learn something new or further your knowledge for little to no cost.
Have a look around! There are many options for webinars or online training videos available, from free of charge YouTube videos to recognised sources like CreativeLive, Lynda or even LinkedIn tutorials.
Adding webinars and other educational resources to your skillset can bolster your work experience and strengthen your resume. And even though your webinars and online training shouldn’t sit at the same level as your degree or formal certification. You can add a “Specialised Training” or “Professional Development” section to your resume, and this will show a real commitment to learning and passion for the industry you work in.
Online networking and mentoring
Networking events are an excellent opportunity to meet and connect with people who already work in the industry. There are several formal mentoring schemes out there that will match you with potential mentors. This is based on your background, future aspirations, and personality. Networking events can range from breakfast networking to more laid-back happy hour events, or even formal events hosted by educational institution or companies.
As an active job seeker, you might want to choose industry-specific speaking engagements or roundtable events to learn directly from the experts. This will also allow you to ask specific questions, which may not be possible in a webinar or online Q&A. Those types of events will help advance your knowledge and communicate and create relationships with like-minded peers.
At the moment, it’s difficult to attend networking and mentoring events in person; therefore, digital networking might be just the solution. There are several networking groups and forums on LinkedIn and even Facebook, but platforms are dedicated to professional networking.
Networking may not only help you gain new or further develop already existing skills. Still, according to Business Insider, it might even land you a job, “upwards of 85% of open positions are filled through networking”. So what’s the delay? Go and check them out!
Free training is another excellent way to develop your skills further. The UK government website offers career skills and training support to search for courses and online training. Resources like the National Careers Service (England), My World of Work (Scotland), Careers Wales and Careers Service Northern Ireland, are available to you at a click of a button. And if you’re still working from home, then why not use your usual commuting time to branch out and learn something new.
Furthermore, there are institutions – such as Google – that can be found online offering free safety certificates or training courses, giving you invaluable insight into your industry. LinkedIn has an extensive learning section with both free and paid for courses and once completed, the skills can be added directly to your LinkedIn profile.
With the array of development and learning opportunities, you have a great chance of finding the best way for you to advance your knowledge and build your skillset.
Having gained new expertise, you will be able to boost your resume, which gives future employers a better understanding of your abilities – and your commitment to your career.
If you’re looking for a new job or career, why not check out our current vacancies here. Don’t worry if the right jobs are not there; get in touch with one of our recruiters to discuss your options.