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Take advantage of your time during job transition to improve your skills

January 26, 2012

We have all been excited to see a new job description posted on an Internet job board that is exactly the type of position desired.  You scan the posting and are delighted that you possess all of the experience to perform the job until you read the following:

Above-average proficiency in the use of _______________ software programs required and additional working knowledge of ______________ software preferred.  While you may possess the necessary skills in several of the programs there may be one or two you haven’t used or perhaps haven’t even heard of before.

There probably isn’t any job searcher who hasn’t been frustrated by this scenario.  You have several alternatives:

  • You could choose not to apply for the job.
  • You could apply for the role in the hopes that your strengths in the other areas are so strong that the employer will overlook a stated requirement in the job description.
  • You could apply and pray that no other candidate has experience with all the programs listed.  You rationalize that as long as the employer will need to hire an unqualified candidate to fill the role it might as well be you.
  • You could go get the training needed to meet the requirements.  If that position is no longer available chances are a similar role with another company will come along.  In the meantime, you are now a more marketable candidate.

I was thrilled to discover New Horizons Computer Learning Centers:  You will find a catalog of available courses on their website.

Even though I have used Microsoft Office Excel on a daily basis in my prior positions, I decided to take advanced software training to improve my skills between jobs.  Their mentored learning program is truly awesome!  Each workstation has two monitors.  You can view and listen to video training on one monitor and you can practice on the other monitor.  When you have questions you can ask one of the instructors for assistance.   I really enjoy being able to set my own pace and replay the instructional videos as much as I want.  If you prefer more traditional classroom training this is also available.

I opted to purchase a training package that will allow me to take as many computer courses as I want over a stated period of time.  I’m training on a number of different software programs and taking classes for multiple experience levels.  I’m training on all the different versions of the software as well so that it won’t matter what version a future employer is utilizing.  The beauty of this is that you will know the differences between the versions and could provide guidance to a future employer when they are deciding whether to upgrade their systems.

If your budget doesn’t permit you to pay for training you may wish to check with your local unemployment office to explore any free available training.  You can also search the Internet for any free training.  I found the following information:

Just for the record, I’m not receiving any incentive to blog about New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.  I’m merely a pleased client currently in career transition who wishes to share my experience with other job searchers.

Please share any other training resources you know about or success stories you may have about how job training enabled you to find employment.

Rose Waltz