Aug 23, 2018 - 11:14 AM
The answer is that it depends heavily on the field you apply for. A sales representative is going to use their computer for very different purposes than a business analyst. Just like any other skill, you should think carefully about the particular expectations for the career you want to pursue. We recommend taking a close look at example resumes for your desired job title and the job description. This will reveal certain skills that are vital for specific jobs.
In a more general sense, employers usually want employees to be able to use computers for organizational and communication purposes. This includes standard email software or websites, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Remember to research specific pieces of software required for your job.
Jan 08, 2019 - 04:02 PM
When reviewing a resume, recruiters want to see that you are proficient in standard computer programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. There are instances, of course, where you will need to have other computer skills. Do research in advance. As previously stated, review the job advertisement carefully and include the key computer skills that are listed in the requirements section (provided that you have those skills). Do not list computer skills or programs in which you have no experience. Some descriptions will contain things that are considered "nice to have," which means that it is not a requirement for the role but something on the company’s wish list. So if you don’t have one of the "nice to have" skills, it won’t destroy your chances of being invited in for an interview.
If you are not completely fluent in one or more of the computer skills listed, but you are learning one (or a few) of those skills, you can reference them and your current proficiency levels to demonstrate your commitment to developing the skill(s). Securing a new role is not just about having computer skills. Your work experience, education, accomplishments, and soft skills play a big part in your candidacy. Hiring managers typically do not hire for just one thing. They are looking for a well-rounded individual who can contribute and integrate well into a new environment.