Job Seekers

Free Online Training Resources

Turn a challenge into an opportunity!

Free online training can help you upgrade your skills, increase your knowledge and perhaps even change your career path.

Metrix Learning Skillup – no-cost online training for individuals who want to upgrade their skills or explore new career pathways. Click here to watch the video.

Not all courses on the following websites are free but most are! Several offer a free trial period – just do not forget to cancel before the deadline.

Alison – free online education and skills training. Fee charged only for issuing Certificates and Diplomas.

Coursera – Some courses are free, others including Master’s Degree have tuition fees.

Duolingo – learn a new language!

edX – over 120 colleges and universities provide massive open online courses with no tuition fee.

LinkedIn Learning – wide variety of work-related courses. The first month is free.

Microsoft Learn – free technology-related learning.

Remember to never stop learning!

*CareerSource Southwest Florida does not endorse these websites, this post is merely for informational purposes only.

MSFW Outreach Program Page

Are you a Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker? Do you know about additional services our career centers can provide?

Visit our new page to request referral for supportive services at MSFW Outreach Program

Referral to supportive services may include the following:

  • Family Care
  • Medical
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Job Opportunities: Agricultural and Non-Agricultural
  • Assessment of Employment Skills
  • Career Counseling
  • Employability Workshops
  • English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Vocational Training and more

Contact your outreach specialist to discuss your specific needs by visiting our page MSFW Outreach Program

How do I know what job is right for me?

Skills ProfilerEveryone has a personal and unique set of job skills.  Yes, even high school or college graduates possess some qualifying and marketable traits that make them competitive in today’s job market.  For example, working at the most basic customer service job at a local retailer can develop the communication skills sought after by some of the country’s top employers.

Ever wonder what career or job suits your unique set of skills?  The CareerOneStop website features a Skills Profiler that will create a list of your skills and match them to job types that need those skills. “You can use this profile to identify occupations that use your current skills, find gaps you need to fill, or polish your resume” (CareerOneStop.org’s Skills Profiler).

Great Tips to an Effective Virtual Interview

Person writing in a notebook and using a laptop

Virtual interviews may become more common as Florida companies practice social distancing.

Read these tips to help you ace your next interview 

https://online.hbs.edu/blog/post/virtual-interview-tips

Some of the tips to prepare for a virtual interview are: test your equipment, be aware of your body language, reduce distractions, practice your responses to questions, and many more!

We are committed to ensuring our clients have easy-to-use resources, information and preparedness tips to use during these challenging times.

We can help you navigate through the job hunt jungle!

Typing Information

Job Search isn’t easy, but it is a whole lot easier if you ‘own’ the tools you need to be productive.

Let’s talk about the job search tools you’ll need to perform successful job search:

  • A phone number the employer can call, yours or maybe a neighbor.
  • An email account to communicate with potential employers:
  • Do’s and don’ts when creating and using an email account:
    • DO NOT use your personal email account.
    • Create a new one you use only for Job Search.
    • DO use a professional email name…keep it simple and professional.
    • DO NOT use account names like ‘fortnitedestroyer33433@gmail.com’. It would probably indicate to an employer you are a ‘gamer’ who might be ‘tired’ from staying up all night playing, not a good choice.
  • A word processor to read and write resumes, cover letters, and other documents needed during the interview/hiring process.
  • Microsoft offers ‘free’ and ‘paid’ versions of 365 that include the tools you need, including email, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Check out this article https://www.howtogeek.com/667717/how-to-get-microsoft-office-for-free/
    • If you are a student or teacher, your 365 can be free.
    • If not, you still can get a free version from Microsoft.com, it is a limited version but its ‘yours’ forever and very helpful for your job search:
      • You can only access it from the web (no download or offline version)
      • But you can have free storage for your resumes and letters in the ‘onedrive’ storage provided.
    • If someone in your family already has Microsoft 365 ‘Family’ Home Plan ($99/yr), this is meant to be shared with (6) six people in the family and this is a ‘full’ version. If they add you, you will have your own account and email. Consider splitting the cost with them, especially when you get back to work
    • The article above also includes ‘other’ non-Microsoft options like Google Docs and Apple iWork. Check it out and create your own Job Search tools that you can take with you.

Always remember: to protect your data! ALWAYS log out…don’t allow someone else to access your tools and ruin all your hard work.

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