14 Mar

How to Update Your Skills and Freshen up Your Job Search

Posted by Brad Holtkamp

Spring is around the corner, which means many people will soon be on the job hunt. Spring is a busy season for hiring managers. After a sluggish winter and before the vacation days of summer hit, hiring kicks into high gear. 

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Job seekers already know this, and many are planning to start their own job searches soon. If you’ve already been on the lookout for a new gig, this is a catch-22. While there may be more jobs to apply to, there will also be increased competition. 

Take some time now and update your skills to get a fresh perspective on your job search.


Enroll in a Workshop or Webinar

Maybe you already have an extensive and solid set of skills. If you haven’t been using them, however, you may feel a little rusty or out of tune with how people are doing this task these days. For example, if you haven’t written an email in a while, you may want to tune up your already-existing email writing skills. 

A workshop or webinar can be a great solution to freshen up these sorts of skills. You already have the basics down pat. You want to shake off the rust or make sure your skills are truly up to date. Workshops and webinars are great because they’re usually short. You can complete them and add to your resume in no time.



Maybe you took a course a while ago but never really put the skill into practice. If that’s the case, you may be feeling more than just out of tune with the latest advancements in engineering or drone use on construction sites. You may worry you’ve lost the skill altogether. 

Volunteering can be a great way to get back into the swing of things. While your skills may be rusty, you still have them. In a volunteer position, you’ll be able to relearn the basics and hone your skills. It also looks good on your resume, in addition to giving you the practical experience you need.


Hone Your Soft Skills

Soft skills like leadership, teamwork, and communication are absolutely vital in today’s workplaces. How can you sharpen these skills? There are quite a few different ways to go about it. One of the best is to participate in a workshop or an online seminar focused on these skills.

You may want to join a professional association. Many of them seek professional volunteers, and they offer opportunities to practice public speaking, sitting on committees, and even working on your leadership skills. Not only do you get professional experience, it also looks good on a resume and allows you to network with other professionals in your field.


Attend a Conference

Networking is important for almost any professional. It’s especially important for the professional who’s searching for a new job. While you should always be working on building your network of contacts, attending a conference could be a great way to bolster your contact list before your job search.

It can also be a chance to check out what’s new in the world or learn a new skill. Make the most of a conference experience by attending seminars and lectures, as well as workshops.


Leave No Stone Unturned

If you’ve been searching for a job for a while now, you may need to branch out and discover new places to look for jobs. A professional association can be one place. Other, more specialized job search sites also exist.

If you’re still not sure where to turn, reach out to a technical recruiter who specializes in your area. They can help you spruce up your resume and locate additional jobs you may not be able to find on your own.


Topics: Job Search

Brad Holtkamp

Brad brings 15 years of Canadian and international staffing industry experience to his role as vice president, Western Canada. He’s an HRIA and TEC Canada member and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Brad has significant experience providing staffing solutions for customers, with specific expertise in permanent search, contract recruitment, and payroll delivery. With a love of sports and the outdoors, Brad can often be found in a rink, on a bike, or in the mountains with his wife and two daughters.

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