Students The computer skills you need to land your dream job (or any job for that matter)

Published on November 6th, 2017 | by Jones

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The computer skills you need to land your dream job (or any job for that matter)

In a world powered by technology and digital innovation, the need for computer skills is key to landing your dream job. Or any job for that matter. It’s very easy to assume that you know ‘enough’ to get by, but if you want to be employable, there are certain things you need to know how to do:

Navigating through different online software

Whether you’re working off a web-based email address (Google, Yahoo or Hotmail) or a domain specific email address (Outlook) make sure that you understand the basics of how the program works. In many cases, you will be tasked to attach items to your email before you send it, so make sure that you have the necessities under your belt before being tasked to do something that you have no idea how to do.

The ability to use shared drives

Most company documentation is distributed online, and mostly works via Google Drive or Dropbox. It’s important for employees to understand the basics of how these online drives work in order to access documents stored there. Most companies require employees to save their items on a shared cloud, for various reasons (safety, security and easy-access), therefore knowing how to access these folders is vital.

Knowing what a search engine does

Knowing what search engines are is the first step to understanding the digital age and how things work online. Employees are not expected to know the ins and outs of digital marketing but they certainly are expected to know how Google works, and how to maximise a search engine’s potential. Along with this comes the need for quick research abilities. If your manager needs something now, you should be able to assist him or her without having to sieve through five Google pages to get there.

Making use of word processing programs

The great thing about any online or Microsoft Office word processor is that it encourages you to check everything to make sure that there are no spelling mistakes before you send it off to your boss, colleague or even client. With the wealth of knowledge available online, there is no excuse not to be a typing genius. Along with Word, comes Excel and PowerPoint. These are the three key programs that every individual will need to be able to do, properly, in order to be as efficient as possible with their computer skills.

Another recent addition to the word processing world is Grammarly. It’s an online plugin that automatically picks up any grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes in your writing.

Being able to complete a spreadsheet

As previously mentioned, it’s not necessary to be able to perform graphs and intricate charts on Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets, but you definitely need to be able to work on this program. Learn how to do formulas, references and macros. You can find all of this information online through tutorials, but your local college usually has a beginners’ computer course to help you get those skills up to scratch.

Getting comfortable with the Internet

Once you’re familiar with the internet and how Google works, make an effort to learn how to clear your cache, bookmark interesting pages, use tables and navigate between browsers and tasks easily. With computers being so prone to viruses because of online programs, make sure that you get familiar with a malware program to help you get rid of any pop-ups that occur. Pop-ups are usually viruses and if you do not attend to them soon enough, it could really damage your computer and rack up a costly bill.

Being able to use keyboard commands as shortcuts

Some things are faster than others, and those things are keyboard commands. For some, this may sound silly, but for others, it is still gibberish. Being able to ‘quickly’ perform a task by means of specific keyboard buttons, you will save yourself a ton of time on the smallest of things.

Understanding the most important hardware specifics

With software and hardware becoming more advanced in the blink of an eye, it is not expected of you to keep up with these trends, but there are some electronics and specific items that do require you to understand them and know how they work. For example, the difference between a hard drive and your computer’s memory or a router and a modem. These are simple examples of issues that could arise, and if you have the necessary knowledge, you will be able to report your tech problem to a professional.

Knowing the importance of privacy protection

Keeping your computer safe is essential to keeping your information private. The digital era has so many tips and tricks, some of which can get you caught up in a nasty dilemma. Learn how to spot phishing scams on emails by verifying any site is encrypted. Take the time to research the necessary safety precautions tips to ensure that both your hardware, software and personal identity is always kept safe.

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