Managing Your Professional SkillsNow is a great time to assess the skills you currently have and to consider how you can continue to grow in preparation for future opportunities. Taking time to polish the skills that make you marketable will help to keep you motivated during this transitional time.
- Create a list of skills you have and find jobs that match most of those skills.
- Develop a list of skills you would like to acquire that will help you land your dream job.
- Develop a list of schools or programs available to continue your development.
- Brush up on your knowledge of computer systems and programs.
- Skill inventories: There are many tools online to help you identify skills needed for specific jobs and to help you find key phrases to include on your résumé. An example is www.careerinfonet.org/skills.
- Career change planners: Websites like www.myskillsmyfuture.org can help you see how your past experience could transfer into different roles.
- Microsoft Office Training: Microsoft and WorkSource have partnered to provide free online computer training and certification in MS Office tools at www.wa.gov/esd/e-learning.
- Colleges and Universities: You can learn more about training programs for healthcare and other careers at www.gpshec.org/schools and www.wahcc.com.
- WorkSource Skills Center: Visit this valuable resource online to help build your job-related skills.
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