As a US veteran, you have the opportunity to explore courses on Lynda.com with a free on year subscription. In this movie, veteran Greg Call talks to you about the benefits of Lynda.com and how you can leverage this site to increase your skills. He suggests some key courses and skills to focus on and show you how you can add these courses to your LinkedIn profile.
- In the military, we are taught to know your weakness and seek self-improvement. It's critical to keep that mindset as you transition into your post-military career. Lynda.com is an outstanding tool to allow you to build or enhance your skill set. Lynda.com is the standard in online learning, with over 4,000 business, technical, and creative courses taught by subject matter experts. And another outstanding benefit of becoming a LinkedIn member is that you receive a one-year free access to online learning through Lynda.com. We'll show you how to redeem that free subscription later in the course, but first let's explore Lynda.com.
Lynda.com is great, because it allows you to build skills anytime, anywhere that are valuable to connecting you with opportunity and reaching your full potential. For example, if you are considering a career in business, getting Microsoft Excel skills is a major factor in qualifying for job opportunities. The great thing with Lynda is that Excel training is right at your fingertips. Simply type "excel" in the search box at the top of the screen, select your course, and begin learning. Not sure what skills to build? Check out some job postings on LinkedIn, using the process in the video "Finding a Job".
Those job postings will have descriptions outlining the specific skills employers are looking for in qualified candidates. Make a list of the skills required, check off the skills that you've already developed, and then look at Lynda courses to gain the remainder of the skills. So here are my top Lynda courses. For those of you that want to work on your personal branding, check out "Translating Your Military Service to Civilian Life". Next, "Entrepreneurship Fundamentals" is a great course for anyone interested in becoming the next Steve Jobs.
And many veterans start their career in project management post-military. "Project Management Simplified" will allow you to get some situational awareness on whether that might be a good career choice for you. Now once you've completed a course, make sure employers and recruiters know about it. Go back to your profile and add the course to it. Simply click "View More" in the "Add a section to your profile" section. Select "Courses". Insert the course name, number if there is one, and associate it with a section of your profile.
So I challenge you to check out the Lynda course catalog, watch at least one course, and add it to your LinkedIn profile in the next month.
Find out how to join LinkedIn and get special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
- Drawing attention to your LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your skills, experience, and education
- Growing your LinkedIn network
- Finding open job opportunities
- Learning with Lynda.com