November 12, 2012

LearnUp – Give Your Resume a Boost

LearnUp is a web-application that job seekers can use to learn the types of real-world skills they need to get hired in today’s tough economy. The real-time training platform connects unemployed and underemployed job seekers to employers, and provides preparation for actual jobs being advertised by top companies throughout the country.

If you’re looking to add some gravitas to your resume and boost your chances of getting call backs when applying for jobs, then sign up for LearnUp and start learning what it is employers are looking for when they decide who to bring in for interviews. Find the name of an employer you’d love to work for—LearnUp has training advice from a number of top companies, including Whole Foods, Safeway, Staples, and the Gap—and read through the “training recommendations” for any open jobs. The information you can expect to learn on LearnUp depends on the type of gig you’re applying for. If you’re hoping to become a bagger at Safeway, for example, then you might want to go through the company’s “Introduction to Safeway Culture” training and watch a video on “How to Be a Good Bagger.” Once you’ve completed these tasks, you can update your resume to reflect the new skills you’ve picked up and share your updated resume with employers through the LearnUp platform.

When you feel like you’ve done everything you can to prepare for a specific gig, apply for that position through LearnUp. Employers can also see which LearnUp users took their training seminars, and hiring managers may contact “top learners” to see if they are interested in interviewing for open positions at their companies. The more trainings a LearnUp user takes, the better chance he or she has at being noticed by an employer and landing a dream job at a major company.

Practical Uses:

  • Find out what it takes to get hired at Staples
  • Improve your chances of getting an interview at Whole Foods
  • Boost your resume by adding extra skills and talents
  • Apply for jobs at top companies within your desired industry

Insider Tips:

  • Most trainings take about two hours to complete
  • New users can create accounts by logging in through Facebook or LinkedIn
  • Employers can see the names of users who’ve taken their trainings online
  • People can submit job applications through the LearnUp platform

What we liked:

  • Major companies have partnered with LearnUp to offer training courses that anyone can take for free
  • People can use LearnUp to increase their chances of getting hired
  • LearnUp users may be contacted directly by employers with open positions
  • People can take LearnUp training courses on their own time schedule

What we didn’t like:

  • The more companies LearnUp partners with, the more useful the platform will be


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Alexis Ringwald and Kenny Ma
  • Web site:


  • Free for job seekers

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