How an Hour a Day Can Boost Your Chances of Getting Hired


Worried about your chances of getting hired because you don’t have any work experience to include in your resume? Well don’t.

Besides being armed with a great degree or diploma, having an excellent skill set to boot can help you to increase your chances of getting a job. And skills are something you can easily pick up if you have the discipline to.

One of the biggest skills you can learn on your own is coding. You don’t have to be a computer engineer or web designer to learn how to code. In fact, because IT has been a growing industry (that also means plenty of vacancies!), coding has become one of the most popular choices of skills to pick up right now.

All around the world, the most successful people are encouraging more people to learn how to code. Steve Jobs even once said, “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.”

Contrary to what most people think, learning to code is easy. It sounds more difficult than it is, but with unlimited resources available online and off, you’ll be able to develop your own website, application or mobile app in no time. For all you know, you might even create your own startup one day!

All you need is a computer with internet connection, an hour every day, and the discipline to push on.

Here are a few websites that offer great courses for beginners:


Dash, a free program under General Assembly, will take you through the basics of HTML, CSS, Javascript and JQuery with five projects. Once you’ve completed the course, you can try your hand at creating Tumblr layouts. This is perfect if you’ve always been curious in programming.

Cost: Free


Codecademy offers more in-depth courses and programming languages. Besides HTML and CSS, you can also pick up Python and Ruby, the two most common languages for creating dynamic websites. Take what you’ve learnt a step further by practicing on web projects such as creating a video game. If you want an introduction to more powerful languages, Codecademy is the perfect option for you.

Cost: Free

Code School

So far, we’ve talked about websites that offer the basics. What if you want to do more with coding? That’s where Code School steps in. Choose a path to take: HTML/CSS, Ruby, Javascript or iOS. Yes, that’s right, you can learn how to create a mobile app for iOS devices. This is definitely the choice for those who are interested in programming as a career option.

Cost: US$29/month


With Treehouse, you don’t only learn to build your own website, you learn how to host it on too. On top of that, it offers courses for building iOS and Android apps too. And if you’ve set your sights on creating your own startup, you can learn how to start your own business. Treehouse is great for anyone ready to become the next Mark Zuckerberg.

Cost: US$25/month

Source: Sebastiaan ter Burg (photo)

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