As a job seeker, you often wander how can I advance my current skills standing out to the next recruiter looking at my resume. I recall my own job hunt experience, feeling as though my resume went into a “black whole” of job applications with no responses or feedback from hundreds of submissions. This left me pondering, what did my resume miss and how could I add key competencies to boost my current skill-sets.

Researching certifications and training classes only resulted in thousand-dollar price tags that weren’t affordable. During my search I found free resources to obtain training, certifications and gain applicable professional development tools giving my resume a needed upgrade. Below are some of my favorite links and hope these websites will assist you along your career path.

Stay tune for more free resources and national events to assist you in ‘Leveling Up’ to your Passion and Purpose!

  1. 211 offers assistance for where to find housing, food pantries, crisis hotline and more based on your zip code. The stress of finding a job and maintaining your home can be very overwhelming. Keep the faith and phone for help!
  2. Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) The ACDN is a network of nonprofit organizations around the United States that provides career development services to women, men, and teens. Many provide free clothes for women, men and teens as you may search by location nationwide.
  3. Alison is one of the world’s largest free online learning platforms for any subject level with education and skills training.
  4. Career Gear offers services to clients, students, institutions, and agencies by improving employment outcomes for men entering or re-entering the workforce. This social enterprise not-for-profit empowers men to look and feel their finest.
  5. Career One Stop is your first step in seeking free resources. If you are unemployed, find out if you qualify for unemployment benefits and re-employment opportunities which may assist you in getting new or additional skill sets at your local junior college or university.
  6. CodeAcademy has more than 45 million have already learned how to code through this educational company’s interactive experience. At CodeAcademy courses include HTML & CSS, Python, Bash/Shell, Ruby, C++, JavaScript and SQL.
  7. Coursera gives you world class learning from leading universities and companies with everything from courses to degrees – 100% online.
  8. Cybrary is free crowd-sourced cybersecurity and IT learning videos. Cybrary covers topics like computer and forensics, cryptography, and cyber threat intelligence.
  9. Dataquest assists you in learning one of the hottest career opportunities – Data Science. Hands-on free coding courses that teach you the skills you need to become a data scientist, data analyst, or data engineer.
  10. DRESS FOR SUCCESS is an international not for profit organization empowering women in over 150 cities and 30 countries by offering professional attire and development tools.
  11. edX is a learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. Home to more than 20 million learners this global nonprofit is alleviating financial, access and location roadblocks and offering courses from top-ranked universities in the word and industry leading companies.
  12. General Assembly offers some free online and on-demand coding and virtual courses. Learn to code HTML, CSS and JAVASCRIPT with General Assembly DASH.
  13. Google Digital Garage provides free certifications, education and professional development tools for those seeking new career opportunities or current business professionals. These online courses also include certifications of completion that can used on LinkedIn or to show to a future employer you have the necessary skills to get the job done.
  14. Khan Academy offers tons of subjects and great for the whole family. Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. And it’s all free!
  15. Learning Disabilities Association of America assists physically challenged individuals find employment and free job resources.
  16. LinkedIn Learning has you covered with every professional skill with over 13,000 courses from HTML, Photoshop, project management and data science. The vast majority of those courses are exclusively available with a subscription (although segments of all of the courses are consistently free, but not all).
  17. Lyft job access program is providing free rides to and from job interviews, to and from job training programs, and to and from the first three weeks of employment, until an individual receives their first paycheck and is able to begin paying for their own transportation. With 35 cities across the US and Canada this service can alleviate hardships for people with transportation issues.
  18. Microsoft Office 365 Training Center take your office skills to the next level by advancing your knowledge of programs such as OneNote, Sharepoint, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer.
  19. offers a variety of employment opportunities and services specifically for Veterans and their families.
  20. MIT Open Courseware maintains an online library of every subject they teach, with no account required for access; just browse for a course and start reviewing the material.
  21. Resume Builder offers a variety of template resumes to help you get started.
  22. Super Champions 2023 – Google+Coursera Free IT Training & Certificates in Data Analytics, UX Design,
    IT Support, Project Management, IT Automation with Python, Digital Marketing & E-Commerce.