One way to get yourself noticed by employers is to ensure you have the skills that they look for. This could mean sharpening your Excel skills, gaining some basic knowledge of HTML, or maybe doing an introduction to business, marketing or accounting. It’s a great opportunity to build your CV, prove your interest in a particular career area, or try out a new subject. It also shows that you have the initiative and dedication to learn something on your own accord.
Read a few job descriptions for the type of roles you are interested in applying to and see what employers skills they look for. Are there any areas that you feel you can develop to boost your chances of getting selected?
If you attend careers events (see our calendar) you could also ask people working in the area you are interested whether they feel there are any skills that would be particularly useful. These might not necessarily be what you might expect. Journalists for example are required to take more of their own photos to accompany a story, so basic photography skills can be really valuable. Likewise if you are interested in marketing, some basic knowledge of HMTL or data analysis could also be beneficial.
There are a number of free courses that you can do online, many of which often require only 2-4 hours a week of your time:
There are also a huge number of free tutorials available via youtube.
If you would rather learn in a classroom environment, there are a huge number of colleges and adult education centres that offer evening, weekend and short courses in a range of subjects. You might like to browse http://www.hotcourses.com/ for opportunities in your area.