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Career Courses to Consider When Looking For a Higher Paying Job 

December 20, 2022

If you have a vision for your future career, that’s a great thing! Many people love to dream about what their life will look like years from now, which usually includes making more money.

A higher paying job doesn’t simply happen with time, it often requires you to keep learning and growing in your field. But one thing’s for sure, when you have a vision, you’re more likely to put in the work required to get hired.

If you’re on the hunt for a new career or a way to bring in more income, here are some courses and tips to consider so you can qualify for that next role.

Advanced Computer Training Career Courses

Computer training courses are a great place to start if you’re considering beefing up your skills section on your resume. Basic computer skills are the best foundation for any job and will give you the knowledge to learn even more on the job. If you’re applying for a corporate or managerial position, the skills you’ll learn in a computer class will ensure you’re productive and qualified for the role.

Did you know Goodwill offers no-cost computer training courses? Goodwill’s free online training courses help ensure you have the skills that are best for a high salary.

Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

The internet is a complicated place if you’re not native to it or well-versed in all it offers. There are many tips and tricks that can help you unlock the most important and pertinent information that you’re looking for.

Programs like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are used daily in the corporate world and are ones you’ll need to learn if applying for a corporate job. These programs can do so much more than you think including charts, graphs, and templates. Plus, create budgets, marketing plans, calendars, and so much more in Excel.

A specific course on these programs is essential to unlocking new and pertinent skills for a higher paying job or if you want to make the switch to a corporate role.

Additional Steps to Take Before Making a Career Change

When you’re considering a career change, it’s important to take the necessary steps to make the right move.

Research the Industry You Want to Be In

A career change usually involves jumping into a new industry or role. To ensure you are eventually happy with your new career, it’s smart to do some research on that potential career.

-What type of job titles are in that industry?

-What qualifications do you already have for your next role?

-What is the pay range and professional growth like for that industry?

The first place to start is on career websites to get an idea of the kind of jobs that are out there.

Overhaul Your Resume

Planning a career change might involve more than simply updating your resume. It might need a complete overhaul. This is because you may need to tailor your resume to showcase a new set of skills that pertain to a new industry.

You also may need to remove job experience or certificates that may be irrelevant to the new career you want. Consider starting with a blank slate so you don’t get confused. Look at jobs that you want and use the job description to inform which skills and training to include on your resume.

Spruce Up Your Online Presence

It’s always a good idea to do an occasional audit of your social media profiles before applying for a job. Is there anything on your profile that you should delete? You may want to remove anything too personal or too polarizing. If the hiring manager looks at your online social media (and chances are they will), you don’t want to turn them off to you before they even meet you.

It’s best to keep a professional and neutral online presence especially when you’re considering a career change. It should be reflective of your personality and interests, but free of anything offensive or provocative.

Make New Connections In Your Potential Industry

With so many online avenues for communication, it’s easy to forget that you can still find a new job through good old-fashioned in-person interaction. Be open to meeting new people and seek out new connections whenever possible. Simply having an open mind may open the door to meeting someone who knows someone who’s hiring for the job you want.

Many people might not remember a time when you would have to walk into a store and ask to fill out an application. This is still an option if there’s a particular place that interests you. It’s a good idea to do both. Having face time with a manager or employee in person can prove to be invaluable. You may even get hired on the spot.

The Skills You Need For A Better Tomorrow

Goodwill can help you obtain industry-recognized credentials to kick-start your career success. If you’re ready to get the skills you need for a better, higher paying job or career change, check out Goodwill’s no cost career training resources and connect with a career navigator today!