Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In The Trenches - Education

With unemployment so high right now we easily know two things:
1. Many people have a lot of time on their hands.
2. Competition for every job is fierce.

Skills, experience,  and education are the primary criteria that employers are reviewing as part of their screening process.  Even if you have all these things the going can be rough. 

Did you know that most employment agencies offer free training for many office programs?  I have been calling around and the best program I have found so far is offered by Manpower  Employment agency.  They offer up to 5,500 hours of free tutorials and online instruction.  So far I have had a harder time finding one for Quickbooks so if you know of one please let us know.  These can be done from your home,  in their office, or wherever you can find a computer to use. 

Yes, that's free.

In addition, when you register at most agencies they will allow you to be tested on many of the primary office skills that employers may be looking for such as typing, 10 key, and most of the Microsoft programs.  Though testing might not seem fun it can give you an accurate number for putting on your resume or show you areas you might want to work on.

Unemployment does not need to be a time of sitting around.  There is much to do...places to go and people to see.  Even if the time and stress seems to drag on we can accomplish more in many areas than if we were punching in from 9 to 5 and ultimately come out with a better career than we had before.  These tools can also be valuable if you plan to start your own business or stay at home and do any type of freelance or contract work.  And, you set the pace.

Did I mention that it's free?  Manpower has nearly 4,000 offices in 82 countries and serves 400,000 clients per year.   They are not the only provider of these services.  Check your local area for more options.  Who knows?  While you are working at building your skills you may find a job opportunity in the process.

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