Technology is used everywhere, and these days there are few jobs that do not require the use of a computer. Even the process of looking for a job necessitates using a computer or smartphone.
The skills you already use on a smartphone are increasingly applicable throughout the work world. Tasks normally done on paper are now completed through text, email, chat and internet and software-driven programs. This increasingly includes the automation of warehousing and manufacturing jobs that employ computers for timekeeping, human resources, and internal communication.
Most offices also rely on office suites for work. Tasks made possible through office suite programs include word processing, email, calendars, saving, storage, presentations, and spreadsheets. Commonly used programs include Microsoft Office, Apple iWork, and Google Workplace.
Computer skills also allow you to collaborate with others internally and externally. Such tools could include Airtable, Asana, Google Workspace, Jira, Microsoft Teams, Salesforce, and Trello to name a few.
- Hardware Skills – ability to operate computers and related equipment
- Software Skills – use of computer programs and/or the internet to complete tasks
- Presentation Skills – share information, pitch new proposals, assist in training, and build campaigns
- Spreadsheet Skills – read and update data, sort information, create simple formulas
- Communication Skills – use chat, email, video conferencing and project management programs
Keep Computer Skills Up to Date
With technology moving quicker than ever before, it’s important to make sure your computer skills don’t get rusty. Thankfully, there are many places to find free tutorials and classes on education platforms such as Coursera, LinkedIn Learning and Udemy.
These can be accessed online and are often available for free through your local library or via an internet search on your home computer or smartphone. Also check out YouTube for videos and tutorials that walk you through the steps and visit the website of the company that makes the specific program(s) or technology. These will often have a FAQ (frequently asked question) page where you can ask specific questions and learn from the questions and answers others have submitted.