Transcript for LinkedIn announces new classes for job hunters to sharpen their skills
We are back with a new way to get the job you want. The employment social platform linkedin is offering classes to help people sharpen their skills that employers are looking for and Rebecca Jarvis has more. Hey, Rebecca. Reporter: Hey, George, and the good news here is that the pace of hiring is picking up. There were 7.4 million job openings right now and employers, the trick here is to find the skills that they are looking for and to have those skills and these free courses are a way that you can gain them and fast track yourself to landing your dream job. Rochelle is a hard-working mom of two who recently found herself at a crossroads. I was working and in factory work. Mostly it turned out to be temporary or dead end so after another temp job ended, I found myself unemployed. How am I going to pay the bills? Reporter: So she started looking for a way to pivot and that's when she discovered Microsoft's global skills initiative that allowed her to gain new certifications through free online courses on linkedin. What I ended up doing taking the sales and customer service at the same time so I jammed a lot into a small period of time and I landed some certificates which helped me in my job search. Reporter: The different learning courses help job seekers qualify for the ten most in demand careers including customer service specialist, project manager, data analysis, sales development representative, and software developer. Plus, Microsoft along with linkedin just announced a commitment to help 250,000 companies like gap and taskrabbit make hires based on skills over other qualifications. The industries that are hiring like crazy, they can't find enough people. It's because they've been looking the wrong way, many people laid off during this pandemic have the skills needed for these job openings, so it's really looking at the skills as opposed to education or the network, more those traditional ways of seeking out candidates. Reporter: It's how Rochelle was able to land a new full time job as a customer service representative. Now that I have this full time job it's like a big relief, like now I actually made it. I can be content with like that. Reporter: Well done, Rochelle. And you can get started too. You need to start out by having a linkedin account. Make one for free. Then once there search linkedin learning, it will ask a few questions about the types of things you're interested in learning about and the type of jobs you're interested in seeking then you're on your way to earning certificates and landing your dream job. Rebecca, thank you, as always. Always helping so many people. Thank you for that.
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