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Helpful Certifications for today’s job market.

July 26, 2017


Certifications prove to your employers your expertise and skill sets that you bring to your position. Many managers look to these certifications to check on the experience of the candidate. Although Certifications require months of studying and may cost a few hundred dollars, it is a faster and more economical way to highlight your skills.

Here is a brief rundown of the four top certifications that may help you move forward in your industry:

QuickBooks Certification is one of the top accounting certifications. There are two online exams. Both require extensive training and practice. It proves your commitment to the profession and makes it more appealing to the employer to hire you.

Google Analytics Certification teaches people how to evaluate website performance. This certification is ideal for people in marketing who would like to expand their skill set or change career paths.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor enforces safety standards within companies. Certifications in OSHA can expand your job prospects because of your knowledge on Compliance and Safety Standards.

CompTIA+ Technician Certification is a good way to break into the Technology field when you do not have a formal education in Computer Science. One can become a Support specialist or Help desk Technician. In addition, this certification can help you move up the career ladder with more on the job training.

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The Portfolio Life and the New Economy

June 19, 2017

The economy is ever evolving. Each technological leap forward has demanded that workers respond with new skills and ways of solving problems. Career paths of the previous decades may no longer provide the same security that they used to, and the essential jobs of tomorrow may not yet exist. So how can you prepare and market your skills in an environment where certainty is a rare thing?

Keeping with the portfolio theme of last week’s Plano Public Library Job Center posting, we consider the idea of the “Portfolio Life” this week. Very simply, we are not our respective job titles; instead each of us possess a collection of skills, interests, abilities, and passions that make us capable of responding to the challenges of a job or career path.

Jeff Goins of Fast Company offers the three tips for developing a “portfolio” mentality and how this mode of thinking can help you respond to the new economy:

  • Plan for changes: Change is inevitable. Don’t bemoan it; embrace change and prepare yourself with well-rounded experiences.
  • Play like you work: Hobbies and leisure activities can provide practice spaces to explore new and skills and mindsets, while growing what you already know.
  • Never stop learning: The time will come when an old skill may not transfer to a new opportunity, so constantly fill your career toolbox with new knowledge, abilities, and ideas.

Ensure that you are always broadening and enriching your portfolio and stay a step ahead of change. Learn a new language or skill, take advantage of training opportunities at work, pursue a personal passion, volunteer in an unfamiliar career field for new perspectives, or explore how play and reflection on your unique experience can prepare you for inevitable change. Build your personal growth strategy around exploration of your strengths and opportunities. The resources available from the Plano Public Library can help drive your growth with:

What does the portfolio of your life say about your experiences, goals, and dreams – what could it say one, five, or ten years from today?