By Valencia Higuera
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Looking to increase your value in the job market? Columnist Valencia Higuera shares five money-making skills and certifications to enrich your career and increase your paycheck.
But between work, family and life, the thought of spending years in a classroom can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, you don’t have to. It’s possible to learn many in-demand skills in less than a year, some in just a few weeks or months.
Potential earning increases for adding new skills to your resume are wide ranging, but the more skill you can bring to the table for an employer, the better your advantage over other candidates, the higher your value in your industry, and the more negotiating power you’ll have when discussing your wage or salary. Here are five money-making skills and certifications to enrich your career and increase your paycheck.
TOUCH TYPING AND 10-KEY
Learning touch typing or 10-key can improve accuracy when drafting documents and speed up productivity, which many employers consider major assets. Typing is necessary for data entry jobs, administrative jobs and writing jobs. The cost of improving typing skills ranges from practice you can do on your own for free to courses that cost a couple hundred dollars. Online learning marketplace Udemy, for example, offers several typing courses ranging from $20 to $200 to help you increase your typing speed in just a few days.
In addition to data entry jobs, cashier jobs and similar roles typically require 10-key skills. If you want to work in retail or land a role requiring numerical data entry, you can learn 10-key number pad typing skills using free online tools, such as through Typing.com or by taking an online course through a site like Lynda.com. Lynda subscriptions start at $19.99 for access to thousands of courses.