Lacking Qualifications? How to Boost Your Skills to Land the Job


You’re a talented professional with big dreams. Right now, you’re feeling like you’ve outgrown your current job, but you don’t have all the required skills to land the  really want. Far from a helpless situation, it’s time to take charge and do what it takes to get those skills on your resume. Doing so will take plenty of hard work, but it’s time well spent.

4 Ways to Increase Your Skill Set

  1. Volunteer

A great way to give back to the community while boosting your resume, plenty of local nonprofits will be happy to have some extra help. Garner as many relevant skills as possible by choosing a volunteer role similar to one you’d ultimately like to get paid for in the future. For example, if you want to work in development, volunteer to help the organization fund-raise.

  1. Head Back to School

If another degree or certification will help you become a more competitive candidate, start taking classes. This may involve a significant time and monetary investment, but if it makes sense for your career path, it’s worth it. You may have to wait until you’ve completed the coursework to start job searching, but some employers might be willing to consider hiring you since you’re in the process of obtaining the educational requirements.

  1. Take on More Responsibilities at Work

Let your manager know you have some extra time and ask for more responsibilities to fill the gap. You may discover the job you really want is already right in front of you. At the very least, you’ll be able to gain some extra skills before making your departure.

  1. Complete a Passion Project

Develop relevant skills and create a portfolio item to show potential employers by finally making time for the passion project you’ve been envisioning for years. You’ll have a blast doing the work and hiring managers will be seriously impressed with your initiative.

Ready to move on to the next chapter of your career? Barrington Staffing is here to help you find the best temp or temp to hire jobs in Thousand Oaks, Burbank, Valencia, West Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley. Contact us today to take the next step up the ladder in your current field or transition to an exciting new career path!

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