9 new skills you can learn via online classes to make your resume stand out

While most of the country remains under stay-at-home orders, many people have found themselves with more free time than they are used to having. While some remain interested in exercising at home and others look for ways to groom themselves, it’s also a great time to learn something new.

Parks, malls, and schools across the country have shut down, but the internet remains open to us all. Check out these nine new skills that you can learn online during the coronavirus pandemic. If you master one, it can strengthen your resume when this is all over.

Use extra time during the coronavirus pandemic to learn these new skills through online classes

1. Learn a new language

Being able to include proficiency in multiple languages on a resume is extremely valuable in today’s global workforce.

Duolingo is a popular free app that teaches new languages in a game-like manner.

Rosetta Stone, another popular education software, is currently offering a  free three-month subscription right now for students.

Other options for language learning include Coursera, Open Culture, and Busuu. These platforms have free options with different levels of courses.

2. Graphic design

If you have an interest in graphic design, but no experience with the subject, the Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers from The University of Colorado Boulder is a great place to start. 

Udemy also offers a variety of free graphic design courses in which you can get an introduction to software like Adobe Photoshop and other baseline graphic design skills.

Adobe offers a seven-day free trial of its collection of over 20 creative desktop and mobile apps.

3. Video editing

Those looking to learn more about video editing can start with iMovie. Apple provides online guides to the software, or you can look online for iMovie tutorials.

Udemy also has a variety of free courses for beginners.

Final Cut Pro, another video editing software, is currently offering use of the software free for 90 days.

Lightworks, another more technical software, has a free version that beginners can try out. Video tutorials online can help you navigate the platform.

Coursera’s Mastering Final Cut Pro free course gives a look into Apple’s software for Video and Audio Editing.


4. Photography

On Coursera, Michigan State University offers a variety of photography classes for all levels of photography lovers.

Camera company Nikon hosts a variety of online photography classes on its website. The classes, taught by professional photographers and artists, range from basics on how to use your camera to how to shoot a music video. If you’re interested, act now as the classes are free until April 30.

5. Programming and coding

Programming and coding may seem like daunting skills to learn in general, but online course platforms like Coursera, EdX, Udemy, GitHub, and Khan Academy all have classes based around this subject. Coursera and Edx feature university courses, including some from Ivy League schools.

Codeacademy, the online interactive platform that offers free coding classes, is a great place to start for those interested in learning coding. The site organizes its courses by career path and is even offering scholarships for students affected by COVID-19.

Code Camp offers certifications for those looking to add coding to their career, and even prepares you for interviews by teaching you talking points and methods to speak on what you have learned.

6. First aid skills

First aid skills aren’t required for most occupations, but having them on your resume could help you stand out no matter what industry you are in.

There are many informational videos online, but you can use these self-paced online courses to get certified for free.

7. Public speaking

Public speaking is an extremely important skill for many careers– even if it’s not listed on your job description.

Being able to speak in front of a group, no matter how large, is often linked with your ability to be a leader. As you look to climb the ranks throughout your career, public speaking will become more important.

The good news is that there’s free online help that can help you hone your public speaking skills and boost your confidence before you head back to the office after the pandemic is over.

Expert public speaker Marjorie North runs a private practice that specializes in public speaking and  executive communication skills. You can view her 10 best tips here.

TedTalks, where people must practice public speaking, also have a variety of talks focused on the subject that can help you be a better public speaker.

8. Design thinking

Design thinking is a creative approach to problem solving. Ideo, a global design firm, has free design thinking resources produced by the organizations staff. Online videos, articles, and step-by-step sessions give beginners a glance into what design thinking is.

You can also start with Introduction to Design Thinking on EdX, a course from Microsoft.

9. Become a wine Sommelier

The International Sommelier Guild offers online classes where you can gain certifications to become a sommelier.

While this certificate would not apply directly to many jobs, it is impressive and indicative of many soft skills that you also want to highlight on your resume.

“I’ve seen people put that they’re a sommelier, because the sommelier test is notoriously difficult to pass and requires an ability to memorize tons and tons of information,” Dana Leavy-Detrick, Managing Director of the Brooklyn Resume Studio, told Ladders. “Even though it might not be related, it suggests softer skills that could be of interest.”