Microsoft Initiative Helps Job Seekers Acquire Digital Skills

As we continue to navigate through 2020 and the COVID pandemic, it’s more important than ever to be aware of all the resources available to support our short- and long-term career goals.

Recently, Microsoft announced a program to help those most affected by job loss providing easier access to gain digital job skills through areas of their company including LinkedIn, GitHub and Microsoft.

With a strong focus on those most impacted including women, low-income individuals and under-represented minorities, Microsoft’s goal is to bring digital skills to 25 million job seekers by the end of the year.

According to a press release, Microsoft’s initiative will include:

(1) The use of data to identify in-demand jobs and the skills needed to fill them;

(2) Free access to learning paths and content to help people develop the skills these positions require;

(3) Low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools to help people who develop these skills pursue new jobs.

“I was really impressed with how accessible and complete this program seemed to be. It identifies the in-demand jobs, provides training to develop the skills needed for those jobs and then assists the job seeker move forward by building their resume, updating their LinkedIn profile and other steps needed to secure employment,” said Tifanie Gelinske, SVP, Workforce Development, GFMEDC.

You can access these resources through a new section of LinkedIn at:

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