Does your résumé have skill gaps?

Your résumé may have some employment gaps due to relocation, medical leave or family obligations, but what about smaller, skills-based gaps? These can include language skills, computer knowledge, or industry specific education. Review your résumé and see which gaps you may have then write a list of ways in which you can improve. Whether it’s at work or at home, there are several ways to expand your skills.

At work, suggest to your boss that you’d like to take on a new task to help you develop skills such as public speaking. For computer skills you can download new software and a tutorial and teach yourself. For example, Microsoft Office offers free online tutorials and training for its software programs. Each day, take some time to learn a new tip – you’ll build your computer skills instantly!

At home, you can improve your current foreign language skills by immersing yourself in the language. Try reading online articles or children’s books to refresh and expand your language comprehension. Also consider nearby universities or community colleges that allow students to audit courses without registration for credit. With some practice, you can update your résumé from “beginner” to “proficient.”


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