Resolutions for Your Career: Marketability
— Jan 10, 2014 —
Career Resolution: I will be more marketable.
You can teach an old dog new tricks. You can teach young dogs, smart dogs, dumb dogs, brown dogs, mutts and purebreds all new tricks. When was the last time you learned something new?
Take time to work on your personal and professional development by adding applicable skills to your resume. Find out what skills other administrative professionals have and use on the job, and work toward those skills. Utilize the tools you already have: YouTube, Google, and even paper manuals are good places to start. Learning fundamentals of skills and software goes a long way, and will help you, at the very least, to keep up with the pace of the ever-changing field of administration.
Now, if you want to stand out, commit to mastery.
If you want to learn to code, for example, Codeacademy.com guides you through building your own projects, so you apply what you learn as you’re learning it. Girl Develop It offers in-person classes on coding and a variety of other topics in 17 cities across the U.S. Sites like Skillshare.com and Coursehorse.com offer a huge array of classes taught online and in-person on topics such as writing, Photoshop, Excel, DIY projects and tons more.
Actively seeking out opportunities to enhance your skills aids in remaining relevant in such a rapidly-changing environment. Most of the basics or the foundational knowledge of a concept can be learned in no time at all.
Beef up your resume with tangible skills (and be sure to update your LinkedIn profile and online portfolio as you acquire them!)
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