When a job seeker applies for work, his competency is often highlighted in his resume. If he gave careful thought to this important document, he may have written down, in addition to the skills he has mastered, tenure from previous jobs and other specialized training he may have undertaken.
In short, he's trying to present his credentials effectively.
Likewise, if you're a professional freelancer, your chances of landing lucrative projects or assignments depend upon having credentials that will serve as proof of your ability to handle tasks.
And one of the advantages of being a professional freelancer is having the option of charging competitively once you've proven your capability.
But how do you bag those impressive credentials? Take a look at the following and see what might work for you:
(1.) Learn at your own time and at your own pace.
There are a number of websites out there like u.about.com that allows online users the convenience of studying courses in greater detail. All you need to do is provide your email address, and lessons will be sent to you either daily or weekly.
(2.) Take advantage of classes and seminars being offered in your community.
It only takes several thousand pesos to sign up for a class or seminar and be awarded a certificate afterwards. Some communities even offer seminars for free or for a very minimal fee, since their goal is to teach livelihood skills to as many people as possible.
(3.) Consider volunteering.
If there are non-profit organizations or groups that promote their causes and you have a passion for the same cause, you can pitch in an idea for a campaign for public awareness, or help write solicitation letters in order to hone your skills in negotiation.
Stay tuned for my next article, as I will offer additional advice for collecting credentials.