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Introducing Free Online Courses and Skills Tests: The All-New Fast Track To Top Jobs And Improved Hiring.

We’re excited to launch an all-new collection of free online courses and skill testing.

For the first time Elance is truly connecting all the dots between online education and jobs. The result is the ability, from a single location, for Elancers to see what skills are in demand, build skills, verify and promote those skills, and ultimately get hired.

To help make this possible Elance has partnered with two of the industry’s fastest rising stars: SkilledUp and Smarterer. See Press Release.

SkilledUp makes learning and honing skills simple.

By partnering with SkilledUp, Elancers now have access to 22,000+ online video courses delivering the skills businesses are looking for. Over 6,000 of these online training courses are available for free on Elance. If you’re not yet familiar with SkilledUp, they’re at the forefront in the world of online curriculum, making the learning experience better, more practical and a lot of fun.

This includes access to curriculum covering some 500 different skill areas. Courses are available for high-demand areas from PHP, iOS and Ruby on Rails to Photoshop, CSS, WordPress, Final Cut Pro and more. And not merely quick one-off classes (although you’ll find those too), many courses are college-level curriculum taught by renowned university professors.

Check out online courses available now at Elance University. We’ll also be adding more courses in the weeks to come (both free and paid), so check back often.

Smarterer redefines testing and promoting skills.

By partnering with Smarterer, Elancers now gain newfound ability to verify talents. The free skills tests on Smarterer are quick and fun. Smarterer’s assessments leverage adaptive scoring and crowdsourced test design, adding greater efficiency and accuracy in testing.

Test your skills now, as we’re currently offering over 100 free skills tests (with more coming in the immediate future). FYI, tests labeled “New” are Smarterer tests. Smarterer skill testing is an ideal vehicle for confirming your know-how and promoting your expertise to potential clients on Elance. Similarly, businesses looking for top talent can continue to see test results in freelancer’s profiles, giving businesses confidence in an Elancer’s abilities.

For all Elancers who have taken skills test previously on Elance, rest assured that your existing test results will still be available to clients. As you take similar tests on Smarterer, these tests will replace your previous scores to show your new, more-relevant scores. Learn more about how previous test results will be converted to Smarterer.

It all adds up to a complete picture for great talent.

Elance is proud to be the one online workplace connecting all the dots for freelancers and businesses alike, and we’re glad to make this investment. Also check out a recent TechCrunch article on our new launch with SkilledUp and Smarterer. And thank you for continuing to create great work on Elance.

 

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