Most of us live in a world and have a job that requires a certain level of technological literacy. Whether you need to set up calendar invites through your email platform or run basic HTML on web pages, most employers are looking for candidates with basic technological knowledge and skills that can be easily applied to their job. Here are the common tech tools and skills to have on your resume and some tips on how to learn how to acquire them.
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With the rise of remote work, most employees are expected to be able to hold meetings and conferences over video calls. This includes the ability to reserve conference rooms, use HDMI cables, set up cameras and speakers, connect to a television monitor, and use high cardinality conferencing software to present proficiently. Not only is this knowledge useful in many different scenarios, but it also saves a lot of embarrassment when you are able to troubleshoot issues on your end during important meetings.
2. Email Applications
One tool that is almost universal to all workplaces is email. Because email applications are such simple, straightforward technologies, they have proven themselves and are still an important part of anyone’s technical skills. Not only should you be able to write e-mails competently, you should also be able to set up a professional signature, schedule e-mails for later setting an out-of-office message and organize your inbox for more functionality. Most people who use email do not take full advantage of the tools available, so getting to know your email platform will help you become an exceptionally qualified candidate.
3. Spreadsheet software
You’re probably thinking of Excel and shuddering – most people don’t like spreadsheet software and use it sparingly. However, if you know the basics of setting up spreadsheets and using basic formulas, you can greatly streamline your work processes and put you on the road to success. For example, the Sum function in Excel automatically adds numeric values written in consecutive cells in the spreadsheet. By watching a few YouTube tutorials on your particular spreadsheet software, you’ll already be exceeding many employers’ standards.
4. Word processors
As one of the oldest existing applications since computers have been used in the workplace, the ability to use word processing programs is an indispensable skill. When you open a Google Doc, the next few steps are pretty intuitive. However, if you can quickly and confidently use different styles and formats, you will ensure that you end up with documents that stand out from the rest. Additionally, using collaboration software that comes with most processors ensures that you can easily use your word processor to be an exceptional co-worker and colleague.
5. Keyboard Shortcuts
Because there are many functions you can use on a computer that most people use multiple times a day, shortcuts for these commands already exist. To find specific words on a page, you can press “CTRL” and then “F” (or Cmd + F for OS) on your keyboard. Find a list of popular shortcuts and practice using them in your daily life. Once you get used to it, you might be surprised at how much faster you can get things done.
6. Social Media Platforms
Not only can you use social media to complement your CV by attaching your LinkedIn profile, but you could also be a serious asset to your employer by being proficient with different platforms. Most businesses now have social media profiles that they use to connect with the public. For positions in sales, marketing, and other customer-facing roles, being savvy with social media makes it much easier to connect with and make yourself memorable to potential customers.
Technological skills don’t have to mean learning how to program or assemble a computer. These foundational skills are a great starting point to build on existing skills so you can become a more valuable candidate for any position.
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Last updated on June 23, 2022.