There are few things more frustrating in the job search process than the application black hole — that endless cycle of applying to job after job without hearing a word back from recruiters or hiring managers. But that doesn’t mean you need to throw in the towel. Just because you’re not getting responses at the moment doesn’t mean you never will — it just means you need to shake up your approach.
To stand out to the folks reviewing your resume, you might need to touch up your resume’s skills section. And what better way to do that than taking a cheap or free online class?
Here’s a list of six online courses that will help you add highly marketable skills to your resume. Master them, and you might just start to see the opportunities come flooding in.
Skills Gained: Microsoft MTA – Operating System Fundamentals, Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching, TCP/IP Tools and Commands & more
Interested in becoming a Network Engineer? With about 63,000 jobs available, a median base pay of $71,103 and a year-over-year salary growth of 3.6 percent according to Glassdoor’s latest Local Pay Reports, it’s no wonder. This introductory course from Udemy will not only let you dip your toes into the field of Network Engineering to see whether or not it’s right for you — you’ll also learn valuable information about the fundamentals of the field that you can hopefully apply on the job.
Skills Gained: Editing photos, creating and applying layers to images, using selection tools & more
Photoshop isn’t just for graphic designers anymore. In a labor market where skill stacking is increasingly necessary to stand out from the crowd, learning Photoshop can set you apart from the rest of the crowd when it comes to applying to jobs. Besides art and design fields, Photoshop can be useful in many different areas, like marketing, web development, social media and more.
Skills Gained: Creating pivot tables, visualizing data, creating aggregate reports & more
A solid mastery of Excel is one of the most valuable skills out there. With more and more companies turning to data as the source of truth for business decision-making regardless of the business function, there’s hardly a position out there that can’t leverage Excel to improve their processes. Marketers, finance professionals, HR practitioners, salespeople and many more will all benefit from learning how to interpret data, and this course from edX is a great place to start.
Skills Gained: HTML Syntax, debugging with Developer Tools, CSS Rulesets & more
Another hot career, according to this month’s Local Pay Reports? Web Developer. Web Developers earn a median base pay of $65,013, with a year-over-year pay growth of 3.2 percent. As a bonus, this is one position in the technical field where a bachelor’s degree isn’t a requirement. If you can use classes like this one from Udacity to hone your skills and practice applying them over time, you might just land a job in this exploding field, projected to grow 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Skills Gained: Conducting interviews, assessing performance, managing conflict & more
If you’re not already in a management role, you likely will be at some point in your career. And while you’ll probably learn the most about management on the job, it never hurts to supplement your on-the-ground education with some best practices from experts. In this Coursera class, you’ll dive into the foundations of management to make you a better leader, coach and mentor.
Skills Gained: Crafting a resume, negotiating for salary, researching companies, interviewing & more
You might not list the skills you learn from this class on your resume, but they’ll nevertheless be evident in your job application. By learning how to find the right opportunities, determine whether or not a company is a culture fit, create outstanding application materials and wow recruiters and hiring managers in the interview process, this Skillshare class led by Glassdoor’s own Director of Corporate Communications Scott Dobroski will help you find the perfect job along every step of the way.