All the Best Free Career Resources and Tools

Maybe I’m just speaking for myself here, but nothing gets me more excited than seeing the word “free,” paired with something that I actually want—whether it’s a class, app, or book—the one-syllable word makes me feel like I’ve won the lottery in a small sense. I know, it’s not quite as exciting as actually holding that winning ticket, but this is me finding joy in the small things.

And instead of sending you over to a coupon site filled with pop-ups and annoying forums, we’ve compiled some of our best articles filled with free resources that are available for you to try today.

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of learning how to code but feel clueless on how to get started, this is for you.

If you want to better manage your personal finances, these 13 free online classes are just what you need to become a money expert.

Want to boost your resume, but don’t have a ton of time? Here are seven short online courses that will help you do just this in less than an hour.

Why not spend a few minutes of your YouTube time on something productive? These tutorials will sharpen skills—ranging from Google Analytics to Photoshop to Excel.

You have no excuse now for putting off learning code. Here’s a compilation of courses, written tutorials, blogs, YouTube channels, ebooks, online communities, and even in-person workshops, handily arranged based on topic.

Need help practicing active gratitude, particularly when work gets stressful? The app sends daily reminders to recognize all that you appreciate.

Not sure how to keep all the important information in your life straight? From digitizing your to-do lists to documenting spontaneous brainstorms, one of these will get you organized once and for all.

Still struggling with how to format your resume? These Microsoft-Word compatible templates will have your most important career doc looking professional and oh-so-polished.

Check out some of the best career-centric books available on Prime. If you don’t happen to have the service—don’t worry, you can try your local library instead.

Intimidated by the myriad resources for finding your career path? It can be hard (not to mention expensive) to sort through everything. Thankfully, we’ve compiled books, podcasts, TED talks, and articles—all intended to help you find your passion.

Designing doesn’t come easily to most people. Thanks to Adobe’s product, Spark, it can—with templates for photos, pages, and videos that anyone can use.

Updating your resume is not fun, but this website makes it a whole lot easier. Say goodbye to all your frustrating formatting issues; this site will turn your resume into a polished, beautifully designed piece of paper you’ll be proud to have your name on.

Don’t underestimate the little things that go along with professional best practices, like your email signature. You can upgrade your signature with websites and apps that feature your contact information, social profiles, and achievements.

As you can see, improving yourself and trying new things doesn’t have to be expensive. So what’s to lose (maybe just a lunch break or two)? In the next few months, why not try your hand at a new tech skill or give your resume that new format it so badly needs. You never know what will happen, but at the very least you won’t go broke trying.

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Nina understands the struggle of a major career change. After snagging her first job at fourteen, she continued down the path of employment by pursuing a motley assortment of vocations. Ask her about her time in the Army, or her stint as a Harvard research guinea pig. Say hi @ninadawdles or

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