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All the Best Free Career Resources and Tools That We've Written About

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.

1. 10 Free Classes to Learn to Code (if You Have Absolutely No Idea Where to Start)

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.

3. 13 Free Classes to Help You Manage Your Personal Finances (Like an Adult)

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

3. 7 Free Short Classes You Can Take (and Finish!) on Your Lunch Break

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.

4. 7 Free Tutorials That’ll Help You Brush Up on Key Job Skills (From Your Couch)

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.

5. 64 Free Resources to Teach Yourself to Code (Without Leaving Your Couch)

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.

6. The Free App That Makes it Easy to End Every Day on a Good Note

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

7. 5 Free Note-Taking Apps That’ll Help You Keep Track of Everything (and Anything)

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.

8. 275 Free Resume Templates You Can Use Right Now

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.

9. 8 Career-Boosting Books You Can Now Read for Free if You Have Amazon Prime

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.

10. 30 Free Ways to Find the Answer to “What Should I Do With My Life?”

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.

11. This New Free Design Tool Just Made it Way Easier to Pull Off Amazing Presentations

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.

12. The Free Resume Tool That'll Trick People Into Thinking You Paid a Professional to Design It

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.

13. 5 Quick, Easy, (and Free!) Ways to Create an Awesome Email Signature Today

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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