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How to Easily Up Skill and Make More Money – The Hard Refresh

Article by Scott Morris for The Hard Refresh

If you’re on the job market, you know you need to make your resume stand out. But beyond your years of work experience, what if there were some extra skills you could easily add to your resume that would increase not just your hireability, but also set you up for a higher starting salary? Time is precious and it might seem impossible, but it’s actually completely doable with minimal upfront investment (I’m not talking about going back for another degree here).

So, where should you even begin? To answer this question, I picked the brains of HR and recruiting professionals to learn what kind of skills make a difference to employers—and how much of salary bump you can expect from each.

Go Open-Source

Beyond HTML, CSS, and WordPress, Elizabeth Becker, Client Partner and Tech Recruiter at the software recruiting company PROTECH, suggests going open-source. What does that mean? Open-source software is computer software whose source code (the code that makes it work) is open to the public and the software itself is free to use. Examples of open-source software include web browsers like Firefox, operating systems like Linux, and content management systems like WordPress. Because of its collaborative and free-to-use model, Becker says that an increasing number of employers are adopting open-source software platforms, which means an increased demand for tech professionals with open-source skills. The open-source model also means there’s nothing preventing you from picking up these skills on your own—open-source software is free, and is often just a few clicks away via your web browser.

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Becker cites knowledge of AngularJS—an open-source JavaScript-based framework (collection of common JavaScript functions) developed by Google—as an example of an in-demand open-source skill to have. “[Even] being able to include a completed training course on AngularJS on your resume [can] validate your skills, especially if you don’t yet have job-related experience with it,” Becker says. “I often see highly skilled open-source professionals being able to command 10-15 percent higher salaries than other professionals without open-source experience.”

It’s not a bad idea to start taking a look at what open-source software you’re already using and spending some time getting a better understanding of how it works—in the case of Becker’s example of AngularJS, you can dive deeper with resources like the AngularJS Google GroupAngularJS questions at Stack Overflow, and W3Schools’ AngularJS Tutorial.

Check out the full article: https://skillcrush.com/2017/12/04/how-to-easily-up-skill-and-make-more-money/

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Elizabeth is the Marketing Manager at PROTECH. Comments and feedback can be directed to her at elizabethb@protechfl.com.