Most people are comfortable using a smartphone and computer for personal use, but some may lack the technical skills employers are looking for. Computer skills are prized by employers in a range of sectors. Add these skills to get hired and prepare yourself for professional success.
Word Processing Skills
Word processing is a basic skill required for most professional level positions. The most common applications include Microsoft Word and Google Docs. It’s a good idea to know how to find your way around in both. Here are a few of the skills most employers expect you to be able to perform:
- Open the word processing program and access a previously saved document
- Use “Undo” and “Redo” editing functions
- Cut and paste from another document
- Show and hide toolbars
- Adjust page margins, line spacing and page orientation
- Change font, size, color and style
- Insert symbols, images and tables
- Save documents to a desired location
- Share documents via email or other online collaboration portals
Companies often store vital information using spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. They allow you to organize, calculate, graph and analyze data. Familiarize yourself with how to identify cell references, enter and delete data, modify column width and format information. You should also know how to use basic formulas to make calculations easier.
This is one of the staples of workplace communication. It’s how you’ll receive information about what’s going on with your company. Email is also how you’ll communicate with supervisors, co-workers and clients. Employees should know how to access, compose, format and send an email. It’s also a good idea to know the rules of email etiquette.
Not all jobs require you to be lightning-fast, but you should be able to type without looking at the keyboard. You’re more efficient when you don’t have to hunt and peck. Plus, you make fewer errors when you can keep your eyes on the screen, not the keyboard.
If you don’t have this basic skill, don’t despair. Online resources like typingclub.com and keyhero.com offer free evaluations and typing exercises you can use to help improve your skills. While you’re at it, familiarize yourself with basic keyboard shortcuts for easier copying, pasting, printing and window switching.
Presentation Software Skills
If your position involves presenting your ideas within the company or to clients and customers, you’ll need a basic knowledge of common presentation software. PowerPoint and Keynote are two of the most commonly used.
For digital presentations, you’ll need to know how to create and edit a new, blank presentation, open a recent presentation, access what you’ve created from other places on your computer or network, add and edit slides and run your presentation once it’s started.
Willingness to Learn
This doesn’t just relate to computers. Technology is constantly changing. As employers update to stay competitive, you’ll likely be required to learn new computer skills. Sometimes it feels uncomfortable to work with new programs, but keep an open mind.
At Brelsford Personnel, we’re always looking for East Texans with a solid skill base and a positive attitude. Browse our online job postings to look for your new job today.