By Mike Haaren – Jan. 6, 2017
Work from Home Jobs – Get Hired Faster with Free Training, Certifications & Job Counseling
Job hunts almost always take longer than we expected. Skills may be outdated, our experience stale, or we’re just not searching effectively. Free training, certifications and job counseling can help immensely. Here are some sources!
— Check your local American Job Center for free training and job counseling. AJCs are free resources for job seekers, maintained by the US Labor Dept. and state or local agencies. There are almost 2,500 nationwide.
AJCs can be very helpful, identifying federal or state programs you may qualify for, for free skills training or other benefits. You can often get free job placement assistance, too. And free career assessments can help you make sure you’re on the right career path. If you’re a veteran, veterans representatives may also be available to counsel you on benefits. For more, click here. To find the nearest American Job Center, click here.
— SNAP participants (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) may get free job skills training. If you qualify for SNAP food benefits, you may also qualify for a SNAP E & T training program to help you gain career skills. Contact your SNAP office to find out more. You can locate them here.
— Get free skills certifications at Brainbench. Brainbench, founded in 1998, tests and certifies people for Office Skills, Essential Skills (English, Math, Spelling, etc.), IT, Health Care and other areas. It administers over 600 tests, some of which are free. (The rest are $49.95 each.) It has a free Personality Assessment, too. Registration is free.
— Learn marketable skills for free in courses at top universities. Stanford, Duke, Johns Hopkins and many other universities offer online courses for free. But it’s not just for “eggheads.” You’ll find job-world subjects like journalism, career development, software skills (Ruby, HTML, Python and more), project management and many others. For details at edX, founded by Harvard and MIT, click here. For Coursera, click here.
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