It’s really no surprise that in today’s digital driven economy, employees with strong computer skills fare much better than their tech challenged counterparts that are only confident when using a smartphone. Also not surprising, is that this trend influences virtually all jobs, not just tech-centered positions.
If you are in the market for a new job or formulating a plan to position yourself for future career growth, you need to assess the technology preferences of employers in your field of interest. Field of interest, if you don’t have one this is your starting point, get one, it’s never too late to start. A good career plan must be based on a clear objective.
Review postings for your target position on job sites like Indeed.com in the industry of interest, again, where are your interests? Make a list of tech related requirements that are cited the most often. Also review workshop and seminar topics offered through associations and local schools to identify cutting edge skills. Talk with colleagues and friends that are in your field of interest and ask them about valued skills in their environment.
If you need to update skills or acquire a new skillset, there are many free courses online. But first check in your local community because many colleges, community centers and city libraries also have free courses, you just can’t beat face-to-face instruction where you can ask questions.
Here are some computer skills that are prized by employers:
- Microsoft Office Spreadsheets PowerPoint Job Specific
- Microsoft Access Quickbooks Email Web & Social
- Graphic & Writing Enterprise Systems
When you’re working on your resume and cover letters, take time to mention the skills you have that match the job posting. Show the employer that you have the skills the company needs.
Read Article (Alison Doyle | careertoolbelt.com | 06/22/2015)
Unfortunately, there are very few jobs where mobile skills provide an advantage. Also, the sooner you formulate a career plan and acquire needed skills the better your opportunities.
Contrary to some promotional ads, no mobile device will ever replace a desktop computer, or laptop for that matter. When all is said and done, size does matter.
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