Whether you are fresh out of college or an older individual looking to rejoin the workforce, the bottom line is that tech skills, specifically knowing your way around a computer, are essential in today’s world.
But what about the individual who is either without those skills or reluctant to go about getting them. Can they survive in today’s world and make a decent living at that?
As many individuals have found out since the first days of the Internet and its rapid growth ever since, not having usable computer skills can severely limit what job opportunities are out there. In fact, it can make even looking for a job difficult, given many companies today are using the web to hire talent. Finally, knowing how to surf the Internet to view your online reputation can show you what potential employers may be learning about you.
So, what if you are one of these individuals that needs assistance when it comes to finding the necessary tech skills that will help you progress in today’s Internet age?
Some of the things you should do to enhance your position include:
- Know the basics – You do not need to be a wiz at every computer program out there to get work today, but you do need some basic online skills to make it. If you have always been reluctant to or have not been in a job that required such skills up to now, by all means take a computer course, find a family member or friend to mentor you, or do it on your own online with the different educational tools available. The bottom line is most jobs will require you to at least be able to know how to send email, use programs like Microsoft Word, surf social media, and potentially handle online budget and banking matters
- Take it a step further – If you can learn how to do the simple tasks like send and open emails, use MS Word to put together documents, visit and understand social media sites, you are off to a good start. The next step is to get a grasp of things like Excel spreadsheets, QuickBooks, compile and make online presentations, or know an in-house organizational program such as Basecamp. Again, take things a step at a time so you do not become frustrated and tempted to say the heck with the computer
- Be motivated to learn new things – Even though not having some basic computer skills can certainly work against you in today’s technologically-driven world, being motivated to learn such tasks can make up in some degree for the lack of skills. Always be up front with a potential employer so that they know what they are dealing with you. If you do not have all the computer skills they need, however you show a desire to learn them, you could surprise yourself and get the job after all. Motivation and the desire to succeed go a long way in today’s job market
As was mentioned earlier, social media plays a major role in today’s world, both for companies to promote their brand and looking to hire new talent.
If you are someone looking for a job, knowing your way around the social media world is critical.
For instance, do you have a LinkedIn page? Are you knowledgeable when it comes to Facebook and Twitter? Do you even know what Google+ is?
LinkedIn is all but essential in this day and age, especially for those searching for work. Without an up to date LinkedIn page, you are depriving yourself of making a ton of connections, and putting yourself out there for potential employers to see.
With Facebook and Twitter, more and more businesses are using the two largest social media venues to post job advertisements, meaning you’d better be able to know where and what to look for.
Lastly, the computer skills you need in the workplace can actually be put to good use elsewhere too.
For instance, suppose you need the basic computer skills for a simple office job, then take those skills and turn them into some work on the side as a freelance writer, moderator of social forums and more?
Another scenario is that you may be the only one in a small office who has a leg up on your co-workers when it comes to putting Excel spreadsheets, promoting the company brand on social media venues, and surfing the Internet to see what good and bad things are being said about the company.
When all is said and done, just having essential computer skills in today’s technological world can make the difference between getting that job and being left on the outside looking in.
Are you willing to take that chance?