Computer Skills that are In Demand

In today’s business environment, basic computer skills are a necessity for almost every job.  By improving your understanding of these programs, you can make yourself a more competitive applicant for a multitude of positions.  Here are some skills that you can work on to significantly enhance your profile:

Word.  Word is one of the most widely used computer applications.  However, even if you have used Word a lot, you still need to make the effort to keep your skills up to date with the most current version.   

Excel.  Spreadsheets are used in many different ways.  In some jobs you may just be creating charts, while in others you could be using them to calculate complex formulas.  The deeper your understanding of Excel, the more you are able to do with it.

Power Point.  In most jobs, you will have to make some presentations.  If you are comfortable with Power Point, it is easy to make them look professional.  You really only need to know the basics of Power Point in order to use it effectively.

Outlook.  Since the majority of companies use Outlook for their email, it is a good idea to hone those skills.  Many people are only familiar with a few of the functions on Outlook; go a little deeper with it and it will set you apart from the crowd.   

Social Media.  Companies are increasingly using social media to reach their customers.  Applicants that are able to effectively navigate social networking sites will be attractive to some employers.

When you are looking for a job, you need every advantage that you can get.  Take the time to improve your computer skills and you will quickly find that it is well worth the effort.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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