Month: March 2017

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #9 Continued Learning

#9 Learning

Don’t be surprised when interviewing if the hiring manager asks about the last class that you took, or how you go about learning new skills. Continued learning is important to hiring managers because they want to know that you’re willing to keep up as technology changes or new laws are passed.

Following are some examples of how you can continue learning:


Take a Class

There are plenty of individual classes available to help you pick up the latest technology or programming skills. Many colleges and universities provide continued education classes that give you the option of either going to campus or taking the class via the internet at home. Recently there has been a significant increase in on-line educational sites such as and that allows professionals to share their knowledge by providing a venue for them to teach. These sites are very cost effective and provide you the opportunity to sharpen your current skills or learn something completely new.

Complete a Degree

If you don’t have a degree you might find it more difficult to find a job. The majority of companies still require degrees. If you’re only missing a couple of classes consider finishing them. Haven’t started a degree? There are a lot of online universities now that make it more convenient for working professionals to get a degree. Even if it takes you seven years to complete your degree that time is going to pass whether you’re in school or not. So you might as well be in school.

(Note: Read the job description carefully. Some companies might have a statement on the job description that states something like “equivalent experience will be considered.” Normally what this means is that if you have at least four years of directly related experience companies will consider you for the job even if you don’t have the degree.)

Self-help Tools

There are hundreds of self-help books, classes, videos, CDs and other tools to help you improve on things like your communication skills, or teach you how to negotiate like the pros, or even figure out how to deal with difficult people. Everyone can improve on something. NightingaleConant is just one site that provides plenty of personal development resources. Check out the self-help section at your local bookstore for great reads as well.


Don’t forget that your local library has plenty of resources available to help you continue your learning. In addition to books, many libraries provide seminars from local professionals.

Professional Associations

If you’re a member of a professional association, check out the resources available through the association. Many offer great deals on books and seminars. If you’re not in a professional association, find one that fits your area of expertise and join.


Be sure to update your resume with any classes/seminars you’ve attended or the fact that you’re working on your degree. Consider dropping the name of a book you recently completed during the interview. If you can show the hiring manager that continued learning is important to you as well, you might land that next job.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #8 Certifications


Many professions have certifications associated with them. Getting certified means that you have gained a certain level of achievement within a profession. When you look at job descriptions you’ll notice that certifications are listed under required or preferred skills for the job. If you’re in the process of looking for a job, it might be time to get that certification.

Here’s why…

While you’re getting certified you’ll be taking classes with other individuals who are working in your profession. What better place to network to find out about possible job openings at their companies. Not only that but getting certified will give you a leg up over other individuals looking for the same job who aren’t certified.

Below I’ve listed some of the more common certifications.

Information Technology certifications:

ISACA – used to stand for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association but now only goes by its acronym to reflect the broader range of IT services. The ISACA offers the following certifications:

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
Cyber Security Nexus – CXS Certificate and CX-P Certification

(ISC)2 – is an international association focused on a safe and secure cyber world. The association offers the following certification:

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
System Security Certified Practioner (SSCP)
Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
Health Care Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)

Citrix Certifications include associate, professional, or expert classifications.

VMWare Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert(MCSE)

Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Routing & Switching

Cyber Security certifications:

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) manages the following certifications:

Certified Network Defender (CND)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)
Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

Business certifications:

PMI – Project Management Institute provides the most recognized project management certification.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt

Six Sigma is a process of analyzing defects in a production/manufacturing process. There is also a Six Sigma process for improving existing processes and a slightly modified version for new processes.

No standards organization owns it and there is no standard certification exam. Organizations can certify an individual for simply taking a course or participating in a project. In addition, universities and for-profit groups offer training.

Accounting certifications:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants owns the Certified Public Accountant certification.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

The Certified Financial Analyst Institute owns the Charted Financial Analyst certification.

Human Resources certifications:

The Society for Human Resource Management owns the following certifications:

Certified Professional (CP)
Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
Senior Certified Professional (SCP)

Not only will getting certified give you a leg up when looking for a job but many certifications will require that you take a certain number of hours of continued education each year in order to retain your certification. Attending the education classes will give you the opportunity to network with people who are working in your profession so that you can continue to keep on top of job opportunities.

There are a few ways to find a certification that might be right for you.

1. Google “certification” and your profession.
2. Check into a professional association and see if they provide a certification.
3. Review job descriptions to see what certifications might work for the types of jobs you’re interested in.

One other way to research certifications is to contact managers and request an informational interview to discuss what certifications they might recommend. You might even end up finding a job while you’re at it.

In summary, getting certified might be the fastest way to getting your next job.