Good paying jobs seem to be a very rare find lately. After struggling to find one myself for over a year, I used my time to enhance my skills rather than sitting at home doing nothing. I volunteered at my local library and got a chance to be involved in some library activities as well as the things that happen behind the scenes. I was given the opportunity to write for CTU’s blog and enhance my research and writing. During the interview for my current job, I found out I would be writing a Newsletter and the Property Manager was glad to hear I had experience in writing.
Working in the property management industry, there are a lot of other ways I could enhance my job skills. My company offers free classes once a month in subjects like: management, ethics, and business writing. I am always willing to learn something new because it makes me more valuable as an employee. Soon I will be taking a CAM (Community Association Manager) test for a license to be qualified as an official Property Manager, should the opportunity present itself when I’m ready to take on the task. There are still many things I need to learn about the industry and I intend to do so when I can.
In today’s job market, it is almost essential that you have a wide range of experience should the right job opportunity fall in your lap. Here are a few ways to enhance your skills with minimal cost:
- Practice Writing – Many jobs require the use of a computer and email. It is good to practice your writing skills in various ways. Learn how to write a formal email, a business proposal, a grant request, minutes from a meeting, or even a simple letter.
- Learn Basic Programs – If you have a computer at home, familiarize yourself with the programs most businesses use. Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher are the most common. Look up a few different jobs and see what computer skills they require.
- Volunteer with kids – A lot of jobs that require the supervision of children, prefer that you have prior experience. Volunteer at a school, daycare, youth groups at church, or clubs like the Scouts or YMCA. Take part in charity events that children are involved in as well.
- Get Certified – College classes cost a fortune, but there are other ways to enhance your skills by paying a small price. Some good certifications to have on hand are: CPR, Security, Fitness Training, Commercial Driver, EMT…just to name a few.
- Be Diverse – Our world is a melting pot, and just in case you have to travel for your job, it might not be a bad idea to learn about other cultures. See if you are good at learning another language. Try your hand at cooking dishes from other places if you work in the food industry. Find out about the traditions from co-workers who came from a different country, to understand why they do the things they do that may seem strange to you.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.
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