“While we see job applications spike on LinkedIn in October, we know companies aren’t actually hiring at the same rate until January,” says LinkedIn Career Expert Catherine Fisher. “While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come, in every industry. Now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable.”To help job seekers gain the skills needed to secure the jobs they want, LinkedIn is holding the Week of Learning from 24-30 October 2016, and offering more than 5,000 courses — including courses that teach the Top Skills of 2016 — for free to professionals. Professionals can visit the Week of Learning page for more information. The Week of Learning initiative allows you to learn anything from Excel 2016 Basics to the fundamentals of SEO as well as courses which help improve your skills in areas such as Writing, Project Management and Marketing.