Mar 26, 2021 - 07:32 PM
- Reflecting on your skill set by considering certifications you've earned or training you've completed.
- Getting a new certification or advancing your training in an in-demand hard skill category like writing code or speaking a second language.
- Taking online courses to broaden your hard skills set.
- Seeking additional professional development opportunities.
There are several ways to develop your hard skills. First, you should reflect on your skill set. Hard skills are often developed through training. Look back on your education, certifications and training you've completed, and catalog all of the hard skills you've gained through these experiences.
Next, look for opportunities to develop your hard skills further. Look into online courses to build your most critical skills. Check out Coursera, Udemy, edX and Skillshare to see what's available. You will also find plenty of sites/apps that focus on a niche, like freeCodeCamp and Code Academy for programming or Duolingo and Rosetta Stone for learning another language.
Finally, always keep an ear out for professional development opportunities. Start by asking your supervisor if the company has any skill-building programs in place. You should be ready to discuss what you'd like to work on.