Finding ways to beef up a resume can be hard work, especially when you’re a military spouse and your location isn’t ideal. It’s not like you can just hop in the car to your local community college and sign-up for a course because let’s face it - ain’t nobody got time for that.
We searched high and low through the seas of the internet to find the best FREE online certifications to boost your resume and make you stand out from the rest. You can complete these courses in the comfort of your own home (couch, maybe?), wearing your favorite pj’s, and sippin’ on some sizzurp. I feel like that just showed my age…
The average number of applicants for a job posting is 118! Crazy, right!? Of those 118 applicants, only 20% get picked for an interview. What does that mean for you? Your resume has to be top-notch, well-rounded, and show you’re committed to learning. What better way to do that than with knocking out some free online courses?
Here’s a list of 13 courses we recommend to anyone looking for ways to improve their resume (both free and paid):
#1: HubSpot Academy Inbound Certification
Everything you need to know to improve your business to include website optimization, social media, landing pages, sales, calls-to-actions, and more!
#2: CFU’s Digital Marketing and Social Media Certification
These are two separate courses that you can take to improve your business skills. Great for entrepreneurs, marketing directors, and social media managers.
#3: Google Analytics Academy
Having a thorough understanding of Google Analytics is something you NEED to have on your resume if you’re applying for small business. Any business owner will jump for joy when they see this on an applicant’s resume - we’d know!
#4: Alison Project Management Diploma
Project management skills are in high-demand, so what better way to adapt than with this free course by Alison. Learn specific programs, methodology, and each development stage to go from novice to expert.
#5: Color Theory Certification from Alison
Another fantastic course by Alison (they have a TON to choose from) - Great for graphic designers (also in high-demand), artists, photographers, and anyone who has an eye for design.
#6: RMIT University Short Courses
Choose from over 300 different (short) courses to either refresh on old knowledge, enhance your skills or hone-in on specific skills needed for the job you’re applying for. (Over at edge, we love all the techy-courses: photoshop, illustrator, Adobe Suite)!
#7: General Assembly’s Dash
#8: MIT’s Introduction to Computer Programming
As we mentioned earlier, careers in the digital industry are only going to grow. Sit pretty by tackling the good stuff. Note: this course is focused more on breadth rather than depth.
#9: WordPress Academy
Holy moly, WordPress is a fun house in and of itself so to have a course designed to better equip you with the knowledge to have a high-performing WordPress site is the bees knees!
edX offers a ton of courses from some of the biggest names in education (Harvard, Berkeley, MTI). The sky’s the limit here so choose what you interests you!
Here you’ll find a variety of courses (and educators) ranging from early childhood development to financial planning, nutrition, sociology, and much more. You can even take it further by selecting their undergraduate and postgraduate studies for the course that you finished.
#12: Google’s Digital Garage
We love anything by Google so we were just tickled with excitement when we saw they offer free lessons in all things business. If you complete all 26 topics, you will be awarded with a special certificate!
#13: Udemy $$
With 55,000 courses to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs and area of interest. These courses are CHEAP so take advantage of them now!
Have you taken one of these courses already? What did you think? Do you have a personal favorite that was mentioned on the list? Drop us a line below and tell us all about it! We’d love to hear from you!