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Digital Skills That Pay the Bills

Last updated August 17, 2023

If you have little to no work experience, you may be wondering how you can make your resume stand out to employers. Fortunately, there are many free and low-cost resources online that can help you develop your digital skills and award you certifications you can put on your resume to stand out when applying for jobs. Building skills or earning a certificate in a career field you’re interested in is a perfect way to maximize your time and resume! Check out these free-to-low cost skill-building websites.


SkillUp is a free tool that helps you explore careers and get the training you need to enter rapidly growing industries like technology and healthcare. Jump in, start learning, and connect with employers to launch your career!

LinkedIn Learning

Depending on where you live, your local library may give you free access to LinkedIn Learning, where you can take online courses about graphic design, video editing, excel databases and more! Contact your local library to learn about getting access.

Google Digital Garage

This program offers free videos and content designed to help people strengthen their skills in business communication, digital marketing, and more. An entire course at Google Digital Garage can take as little as one hour, or up to one week.

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Build skills by taking free courses offered from top universities and leading tech companies at Coursera. These courses are self-paced and full of videos and hands-on projects from top instructors in business, computer science, data science, language learning, and more.


No matter your experience level, you can learn how to write real code on this user-friendly platform. Codecademy offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages, including Python, Java, SQL, C++ and more.

Google IT Support Professional Certificate

This program teaches in-demand skills in the field of Information Technology. No degree or prior experience is required! It also prepares you for the CompTIA A+ exams, which awards a nationally recognized certification for IT. After finishing their free, one-week trial, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate costs $49 per month.


Futurelearn offers free, short courses to learn in-demand digital skills like social media marketing, web design and more.

I’ve taken a course, now what?

Once you’ve taken a course or completed a certification, add it to your resume! Add a “Certifications” or “Skills” section on your resume where you can list the course or certificate you completed. This is especially important if you are applying for a job where they require skills in the area you completed courses/certificates for. If you haven’t started a resume we have templates and can provide actionable feedback to ensure you are marketing it as effectively as possible.

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