LinkedIn Learning

Gaining new skills

As a professional, you should always be looking to learn new skills. After all, the more you know, the better you’ll stand out from the competition – in a job search, when competing for a promotion or raise, etc.

Now that online courses are commonplace, it’s significantly easier to pick up the right know-how.

One of the best places for this is LinkedIn Learning, a new initiative started by LinkedIn, in partnership with the e-learning platform Lynda. Whatever your occupation is, chances are, there’s something you could get out of LinkedIn Learning.

How to get started with LinkedIn Learning

Once you’ve registered for the platform, you’ll be directed to a variety of general skills that may interest you. Then, the platform gives you recommendations on specific courses based on your interests. You can also narrow down your search for courses based on:

  • Your Field - Business, Creative, and Technology

  • What’s Trending

  • Top Liked

If you already know what type of skills you are lacking in and would like to pick up more knowledge on, you can also type in a phrase and get a comprehensive list of what’s available on the platform. For example, let’s say you wanted to learn more about Excel - type out the program and hundreds of classes will come up!

Learning Directions

What really makes LinkedIn stand out from other learning platforms is their 3 different directions for implementing education:

  • By Subject – If you want to gain experience with a specific skill, this is the way to go. You can pick a topic and pick courses based on that.

  • By Software – Today, whatever your profession is, there’s a solid chance that you need to know your way around several types of software.

  • By Learning Paths – If you’re looking to transition into a new field, there are Learning Paths to help you do that. Instead of having to look for random courses in a given field, you can simple pick your path and get a structured learning experience. If you want to learn Digital Marketing, for example, the Learning Path offers you courses in online marketing, Google analytics, SEO, and more.

LinkedIn Learning Costs

The price of LinkedIn Learning is $29.99 per month, which is a very small investment compared to the job it will help you land. All options allow you to try your first 30-days for free!

How LinkedIn Learning can help job seekers

  • If you want to transition into a different field, gaining the basic know-how is essential. You can’t really go to an interview for a marketing position and not know how Facebook Ads work, can you?

  • Employers and HR loves proactive candidates. Showing that you’re spending some of your free time to improve upon your skills could be the difference between you landing a job and your competition.

  • You’ll easily and quickly be able to add those necessary and important skills to your resume, allowing you to confidently apply to job applications that you may otherwise weren’t 100% sure if you were qualified for.

  • Worried about getting asked how you’re staying up with trends during an interview? Here is a perfect and specific example that you can tell them about without feeling like you have to say “nothing.”

We love the platform and cannot recommend it enough! If while you’re moving through this course and feel that your profile doesn’t hold the strength or value of other candidates that you feel are also becoming your competition during job applications, give LinkedIn Learning a try and stand out!