Get Hired Faster! How to Get Free Training & Certifications

By Mike Haaren – Nov. 18, 2016

Work from Home Jobs – Getting Hired Faster

Job hunts almost always take longer than we expected. But if you’ve been searching diligently for a while with no luck, you may need new skills or certifications, or a 1-on-1 with a job counselor. Here are some free ways to help make it happen.

— 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 there to counsel you on benefits. For more, click here. To find the nearest American Job Center, click here.

— Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants 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.

For Brainbench’s home page, click here. For the free Personality Assessment and a list of free tests, click here.

— Learn marketable skills for free in courses at top universities. Stanford, Duke, Johns Hopkins and many other universities offer online courses for free. But don’t think it’s just for “eggheads.” You’ll find job-world subjects like digital marketing, career development, software skills (Ruby, HTML, Python and more), the music business, creative writing and many others. For details at Coursera, click here.

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