5 Best Skills to Learn for Jobs – Marketable Skills to Learn in Your Free Time!

5 Best Skills to Learn for Jobs – Marketable Skills to Learn in Your Free Time!


– Hey everyone, this is
Self Made Millennial. I’m Madeline Mann. This video I’ll share
five sought-after skills you should learn that give an eyebrow-raising boost to your resume. We were named a top 10 YouTube
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notified every Thursday for a new video. So these are the skills
hiring managers salivate over. I had one client scale up
while she was unemployed on skill number two and number five, and used it as a key
differentiator on her resume and her interviews and
ended up landing a job that paid her 30% more than her last one, that’s flipping sweet. So time for me to drop some
knowledge about some knowledge. Skill number one, language
or international experience. If you know another language
or have any experience with work or volunteering
abroad or working with international teams, flaunt it. Work is global now. So many companies work
with outsource teams and understanding different customs and being able to build
great rapport with people in different cultures
is extremely valuable. If you need to brush up on
some of your language skills, I recommend downloading Duolingo. They have these really
quick, digestible lessons that you can do on the go to
keep up with your languages. Skill number two, Excel. Having Excel experience
is so highly desired by pretty much every
job in this here century at a corporation or tech company. I spoke with a group of companies
who were hiring students straight out of master’s programs and they said the one skill they wish students had coming
into their roles was Excel. In the business world it
is seen as a basic skill and yet in all my years of schooling, it was never an option for curriculum. The reason why Excel is
such an important skill is so many companies
are focused on numbers. It’s not enough to just be driven anymore, you
gotta be data-driven. There’s a lot of things that
you could probably be doing more efficiently in your
job and tracking better if you knew how to use
Excel such as I lean on Excel hardcore to move away from manual data entry in my job by creating the right
spreadsheets and importing them. So, I recommend taking a
legit intro course to Excel. I took one on GoSkills and I loved it. Every lesson is bite-sized. I love that rapid fire stuff, so I could just manage doing
a three-minute lesson here, a five-minute lesson there
and it was just so much better than these big, clunky courses I’ve enrolled in, in the past. I completely recommend it and I’ve used a lot of their
other trainings as well. I mean, it’s a scrumptious
all you can eat buffet of learning and they
give you a free trial, so you can access all of it and I never say no to
a yummy, free sample. So, I will link GoSkills
in the description. Skill number three, people management. To get that next step up in your career, you may need to have people
management on your resume. Companies only want to put people in people management positions
that have done it before, but then how the heck do you get the experience in the first place? Years ago I interviewed
at several companies and each one asked me
had I managed a team, and when I said no, they pretty much ended
the interview there. So, how do we get around this? Well first, emphasize any
external teams you’ve managed such as any contractors or consultants. Second, take initiative to be the trainer for your team when new people join. You learn some great management
skills by training others. So, when you are asked
have you manged a team? You can say I personally trained the six new team members
we brought on board. It’s not the same as managing people, but it still sounds pretty darn good. And third, lead an organization
or a community event or find a way to be a leader on some sort of non-profit
or local campaign. It’s cool to see what you’re like when you’re coaching others
and you’re delegating and it’ll give you some good stories to pull from when you’re in the interview. Are you interested in managing
people in your next role? Have you had any challenges
getting to that next level? Leave a comment about your experience. Skill number four, project management. This skill is hot, hot,
hot, ding dalainey. A team’s effectiveness can live or die at the mercy of great project management. So, anyone with exceptional
project management skills is an absolute God-send to a team. The core of project management is ensuring the best possible execution which means that you set
the scope of a project and have clear goals. You will have the ability to manage different key stakeholders. You will lead effective meetings, and hold retrospectives to
be constantly reflecting and iterating on the best
way to go about things. It’s also a plus if you know your way around
project management software like Asana, Trello, and Jira. Every company I’ve worked for has used at least one of these
tools and expected me to be able to use them, and for too long I got away with only knowing very basic capabilities, but then I did two things. First, I did take a course
on project management. I did it on GoSkills
and I got on the tools and poked around for hours, and if you’re in the technology field, look into learning about Agile and Scrum and then pop those suckers on your resume. Skill number five, design skills. If you are in the corporate world, design skills can give
you a fantastic edge up on the competition because
you won’t always have a professional designer at your disposal and you want your resume, your presentations, your
deliverables all to have a level of polish that people associate with your competence. I work in training in human resources and even design was on the
job description for my job. Oh, and you will also see that
project/program management was on there too. See folks, this stuff really matters. Now sometimes you’ll write on your resume that you have design skills. Other times you’ll just show it. So, for example, I have a video on how to stand out in an onsite interview with a special portfolio
I call my BAMF binder. It is amazing for any
professional in any profession. I mean, it works wonders
and I have testimonials that are so incredible
on how you can build your own and make a huge impact. This is a moment for you to
flex those design muscles. So, I will link that magical little trick in the description. My best advice for getting
up to speed on design quick is to start creating
elements on canva.com. They have endless templates and it’s a very easy tool
for us non-designers. I’ve created fliers, proposals, eBooks, my LinkedIn cover photo on there myself. I’ll share that link in the description for you to check it out. Also, I’ll link a free pdf download of followup email templates
for the job search. Okay, so these emails
will do wonders for you when a company hasn’t
gotten back to you yet and they will absolutely show that you are interested in that company, and I’ve just seen
great results with them, so I will link that for
you in the description. Hit a like on this video and
subscribe to this channel. Thanks so much, everyone. Wi-Fi high five!

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