Have you ever sat down to write out your resume and found the skills section to be a little…lacking? It seems like many companies are looking for a Jack of all trades these days. But what skills can you add to your bag of tricks? We’ve pulled together a list of skills to learn for your next job or side gig.

Another Language

This one can be tough if you’re starting from scratch, but if all you’re doing is brushing up on what you took in high school it might be easier than you think. There are tons of free apps out there to help, too. Spanish is one of the most commonly useful languages to learn in the US, though you should think about your area specifically.

Basic Coding

And we mean very basic, here. You’re not going to become a Python expert overnight, but you might be able to get comfortable with how HTML works. It can help in situations like sending out company newsletters or emails.

Search Engine Optimization

This is especially great for side gigs. So many companies are willing to spend money on contractors who can improve their page ranking on Google.

Basic Video & Image Editing

The beautiful thing about technology is that it’s made basic creative editing very accessible to people. There are entirely free websites out there that can help you put together images and videos.

Social Media Marketing

Tools like Facebook Blueprint are free to use to learn the ropes of social media marketing and advertising.


Many of the basic website builders out there are made to be relatively idiot-proof, which makes them easy to learn to build and manage.


Another of the more common side gigs involves copywriting. There are plenty of free places online that will explain some basic best practices.

Conflict Management

Every type of job has conflicts that arise. It can be between coworkers or with a customer or client.

Data Analysis

While data analysis can get very complex, having a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a spreadsheet can take you much further than you might think.

Master Online Conferencing Tools

With more remote opportunities, it’s good to highlight that you know what you’re doing there.