If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve yourself, there are plenty of ways to do so without spending a lot of money, says Sanjay Nasta, founder of learning and development firm MicroAssist. Identify the skills you have and the skills you want to gain, then target your search. Consider these options.
1. Use social media. Fill out your profiles completely, join industry groups and participate in conversations, says career coach Nick Leffler. Share things on LinkedIn and Twitter.
2. Start a blog. Writing about topics that interest you can help you keep on track with research and networking and help establish yourself as an industry expert.
3. Get a mentor. Identify someone at work who has the skills and knowledge you would like to develop and ask if she would mentor you, says career coach Kathi Elster.
4. Go back to school. For technical and tool-based classes, look to your local community college, says Joanie B. Connell, founder of Flexible Work Solutions.
5. Download and listen. Podcasts can help you brush up on professional skills, take a course or learn something new, says Cachet Prescott, of Career Cachet. Listen to courses while commuting or exercising.
6. Look online. There are free and inexpensive classes available through Coursers, EdX, open courses at universities and colleges, Udemy and Universal Class on a wide variety of topics, Prescott says.
7. Get professional. Associations and other organizations can offer networking, social and educational opportunities, such as webinars. For example, Business www.BusinessManagementDaily.com/training.Daily offers a full range of webinars for administrative professionals. See a complete listing at