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  • You lost your job as a newspaper journalist. Sharpen your skills and become a�

    SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
    You already possess excellent writing skills, an eye for detail and familiarity with a fast-paced setting. Now it�s time to expand your social-media knowledge and presence. Make sure you�re familiar with the many platforms that exist and create profiles on each: yes, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr�but also Delicious, Flickr, foursquare, reddit, StumbleUpon, WordPress and YouTube.

    Learn how to track and analyze website traffic and use basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques in the Web Analytics Seminar offered by DePaul University�s Continuing Education Program (learning.depaul.edu, September 27-October 11; $545). Also sign up for DePaul�s Social Media Marketing Seminar (learning.depaul.edu, September 14; $349), which provides insight into the specific benefits of various social networking tools. (And no, stalking your ex isn�t one of them.)

  • You lost your job as a college instructor. Sharpen your skills and become a�

    GRANT WRITER
    You�re able to communicate effectively and have great research skills. Now learn how to explore funding sources, write more persuasively and craft strong proposals. DePaul�s ten-week Certificate in Grant Writing program (learning.depaul.edu; September 19-November 17; $1,200) will equip you with the knowledge you need to excel in the nonprofit sector. Learn how to better understand philanthropy, evaluate and create case statements and letters of intent (LOI) and write an effective grant proposal. If you�d prefer to learn the basics of grant-writing online, enroll in Mastering Grant Writing: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal, an interactive Web course offered by the University of Illinois at Chicago and taught by a professional grant writer.

  • You lost your job as an accountant. Sharpen your skills and become a�

    HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONAL
    You�re analytical and accurate, possess excellent financial management skills, can keep track of important documents and are good with computers. Now try managing people. What you�ll need: a strong grasp of performance management and how to improve workplace morale. HR managers also deal with recruiting and training employees and have to be aware of a company�s legal responsibilities. National Louis University offers a part-time master's program in human resource management and development that teaches everything you need to know in order to become an HR administrator. The only prerequisite is a bachelor�s degree and the school�s general admission requirements. Most students finish in 18 months. (nl.edu; next term starts September 11; tuition costs $26,784).

  • You lost your job as a construction worker. Sharpen your skills and become a�

    GREEN BUILDER
    You know how to use tools, operate machinery and work with a variety of materials. Get up to speed on sustainable, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient practices so you can move into the trendy green building industry as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional. In partnership with Everblue Training Institute Inc., Northern Illinois University offers two-day LEED test prep courses (leed.niu.edu; September 26 and 27; $595). After receiving accreditation as a LEED green associate, you can pursue the more difficult LEED AP (accredited professional) credential. It�s not easy being green, but it can be lucrative.

  • You lost your job as a construction worker. Sharpen your skills and become a�

    GREEN BUILDER
    You know how to use tools, operate machinery and work with a variety of materials. Get up to speed on sustainable, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient practices so you can move into the trendy green building industry as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional. In partnership with Everblue Training Institute Inc., Northern Illinois University offers two-day LEED test prep courses (leed.niu.edu; September 26 and 27; $595). After receiving accreditation as a LEED green associate, you can pursue the more difficult LEED AP (accredited professional) credential. It�s not easy being green, but it can be lucrative.

You lost your job as a newspaper journalist. Sharpen your skills and become a�

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
You already possess excellent writing skills, an eye for detail and familiarity with a fast-paced setting. Now it�s time to expand your social-media knowledge and presence. Make sure you�re familiar with the many platforms that exist and create profiles on each: yes, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr�but also Delicious, Flickr, foursquare, reddit, StumbleUpon, WordPress and YouTube.

Learn how to track and analyze website traffic and use basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques in the Web Analytics Seminar offered by DePaul University�s Continuing Education Program (learning.depaul.edu, September 27-October 11; $545). Also sign up for DePaul�s Social Media Marketing Seminar (learning.depaul.edu, September 14; $349), which provides insight into the specific benefits of various social networking tools. (And no, stalking your ex isn�t one of them.)


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