Whether you’re on the job hunt or just wanting to refresh some long-lost skills, there are many ways to revisit skills that have fallen by the wayside. By taking control and brushing up on old talents, not only are you bettering yourself and your work capacity, others around you will notice and admire your determination.
Read new industry books
A productive way to refresh your knowledge of old skills is by reading current industry books. Sometimes all you need to jog your memory is a quick overview of previously-known information. By reading new industry books, will you not only activate memories of old skills, you will learn the newest way in which those skills are being used. This will help to advance your career and help you to stand out in the crowd.
Watch online tutorials
If it’s been awhile since you opened Adobe Photoshop or used a certain function in Excel, turn to online tutorials to help guide you. Since you already have base knowledge, tutorials from YouTube and other various sites should be helpful and easy to follow. An article from themuse lists seven free and insightful tutorials you can watch to help you achieve a new or forgotten function.
Apply the skills
You may think this is understood, but you would be surprised how much you remember when you begin to do a task you haven’t completed for a long period of time. If you’re worried you’re losing a certain skill, or have already lost it, try to perform the task to determine how much you still know. From there, you will be able to decide how much work you’ll have to reach full capacity on the skill again. It may be as simple as reading an article, or as in-depth as taking a skills class.
Practice makes perfect
Once you determine what skills are the most useful to you and how you can refresh them, it’s time to practice! Think back to how you mastered any skill in the first place. It wasn’t a one-day process! Revisiting a skill takes time, effort and practice. After getting back on the horse and relearning old tasks, you’ll be proud you took the time to better yourself and your skillset.
If you’re thinking about a new job search, or you just want to improve your skills for your current position, these tips will help you re-master any skill to help move your career forward.
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