Are you feeling stuck in a dead-end job that doesn’t support your professional development?
Making a career switch isn’t always easy but can be done!
You will need to find job opportunities in a field that interests you and get an interview, but you also need to show that you have the skills and qualifications necessary to complete the job.
Fortunately, it’s possible to learn new in-demand skills required to either change your career or advance it. Several free online certifications are available today. And because they’re certifications, you can add them to your resume.
Let’s explore which free certification courses you can take and how you can add them to your resume to increase your chances of landing your dream job.
If you want to have a successful career, it’ll be helpful to develop some of the most in-demand skills on the market right now.
According to the Global Skills Report from Coursera, there are several currently trending skills as well as skills that will be in demand in the future. These are highly valuable skills that you can get certified for online for free.
Some of the most trending skills in North America include:
And the future skills that will be in high demand in the coming years include:
Data and artificial intelligence
People and culture
Keep these skills in mind as you look through the free online certifications available to you.
Some jobs will require specific skills and certifications. So it’s important to showcase them appropriately in your resume before you apply for the job you want.
First off, make sure not to add all of your certifications to every resume you send. Your resume should be tailored to each job opportunity you apply for.
Recruiters only look at each resume for an average of 7.4 seconds, so it’s important to only showcase the information they care about.
For example, if you’re applying for a data analyst position, you should definitely include your data analytics certificate. But your project management certification probably won’t be of much use unless the job description mentions opportunities in project management.
So, where should you add your certifications to your resume?
If you take a look at the best resume examples that can help you land a job, you’ll notice that most of them have an education section near the bottom.
There, you can write the name of the certification, the year you completed it, and which organization it came from.
Getting a certification doesn’t have to cost you anything.
Here are nine academies, universities, and organizations that offer free online courses you can take to develop your career and build new skills.
As the name suggests, freeCodeCamp is an online resource to help people learn how to code through certificate courses.
They are a nonprofit organization with thousands of free video tutorials and interactive coding lessons and challenges. So if you want to learn a new programming language, they’re an amazing resource.
Most of their free certifications courses provide you with 300 hours of training each. They even suggest the best order to complete your certifications so that you don’t get overwhelmed.
For most office jobs, knowing how to use Microsoft products is becoming more and more important. Even if you’re not comfortable with these products, Microsoft offers free certifications in Microsoft Learn.
They provide training for a huge array of their products, including:
You can filter all their modules and learning paths based on products and on your skill level or your role in a business, such as data analyst or administrator.
Online certifications are available for free. You also have the option to take an instructor-led certification exam for a small fee.
Hubspot is a marketing, sales, and service software designed to help businesses grow. But they also have a free online learning academy to teach people in-demand marketing skills like sales, SEO, inbound marketing, and more.
Some of these online education resources are regular courses, but several of them will get you a certification of completion if you complete the course.
When you browse Hubspot Academy, you can filter for category, content type, duration, what software it uses, skill level, and language. You can also filter out courses that aren’t certifications.
Some of their most popular certifications include:
Social media marketing
Their courses are also relatively quick to go through. For example, the inbound marketing certification lasts about four hours.
Like Microsoft, Google offers a wide array of products and services, both for individuals and for businesses. But they also have several free educational resources online that give you professional certificates.
Not all of their courses come with free online certificates.
For example, on their Android Developers website, they have an Associate Android Developer Certification available. However, this certification is intermediate, meaning you will need some previous experience to successfully complete it.
You can still take basic courses to get you up to speed in Android, like the Build Your First Android App in Java course as a prerequisite, but those don’t get you certified.
Another example of free certifications offered by Google is the Skillshop, which includes training programs and certifications around tools like Google Ads, Google Analytics, Google My Business, and Waze.
They have other advanced certificates like UX design and IT support.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in data science, Datacamp is an amazing learning platform to help you build your data skills and get certified for free.
They have business programs available at the enterprise level, and companies like Paypal and Intel use them to train their employees. But they also have training courses available for individuals.
Some of their open courses include:
SQL for marketers
Introduction to probability and data-labs
Introduction to Python and machine learning
SAP is a German software company that offers cloud business solutions.
With OpenSAP, they offer over 200 free certifications and courses in business and technology.
If you complete at least half of a course, you get a confirmation of participation. But if you score at least 50% on graded assignments, you also get a ‘Record of Achievement.’
Some of their courses have specific dates, but you can also browse through their self-paced courses if you prefer to take online courses at your own pace.
With Saylor Academy, you can learn about a wide range of topics.
In addition to helping you get certified in tech skills like computer science, operating systems, and Python programming, they also offer courses in chemistry, business administration, art history, mathematics, political science, psychology, and more.
Their courses are similar to university courses, so they last 35 hours on average. With most of their courses, you can get a free certification upon completion.
If you want to learn about topics like pandemics, health emergencies, and epidemics, you can learn for free and get certified at the same time by taking courses on OpenWHO.
The World Health Organization has more than 200 free certifications about topics such as:
Preparing for pandemics
Neglected tropical diseases
They also have courses in several languages available, so if you prefer to study in a language other than English, that option is available to you.
The International Training Centre offers 28 free certification programs on several topics, including:
Gender equality in the workplace
Sustainable enterprise development
Rural economic empowerment
Keep in mind that not all their courses are free. So when you browse their website, make sure to choose the course type as ‘free’ if you only want to see the free ones.
You don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to learn in-demand skills and work on your personal development.
In fact, you don’t even need to spend hundreds of dollars — not when there are thousands of free online certifications available at your fingertips.
Take your time to browse through the options available to you. Pick something that piques your interests and that you can fit into your free time.
Some of these certifications demand a lot of time, but the knowledge you gain and the certification you can add to your resume will become an invaluable resource to help you get the career of your dreams!
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