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Skills and training

New skills will help you get hired and enter a new workplace with confidence.

Your years in the workforce have built a great set of transferable skills. As you enter a job search, it’s helpful to confirm that your skills also match what’s in current demand. Learn about the range of skill building options available, from a one-hour workshop to a degree program.

Getting started

Start by researching the current trends for your targeted jobs and employers. Read through job postings and professional publications, or attend conferences in your field to learn key needs and issues. If it’s difficult to define your skills, take the Skills Profiler to generate a list of your strongest skills. It will also suggest careers that use your skills.

Mature workers often bring strong skills in communication, customer interaction and other “soft skills” to their work. These are extremely important in most jobs. Highlight these and other soft skills on your resume and in job interviews.

Skill-building options

Try out one or more of these skill-building options:

  • Review the professional certifications related to your career and consider obtaining one to refresh your credentials.
  • Take an online class to both improve your technology skills and learn more about a subject. Many are available for free.
  • Refresh basic English or math skills at a literacy training center.
  • Enroll in a class in your field at a local college.
  • Consider getting technology training if this is a weak area for you. You’ll be more confident about entering a new workplace. Introductory classes are offered through public libraries, community education, and American Job Centers.

Add new training or credentials to your resume and social media sites and be ready to mention it in interviews.