Technology is now a normal part of everyday life. Being tech savvy is no longer a unique skill, it’s a universal one – and one you’ll be expected to have in pretty much any job role you apply for.
Here are 5 of the most essential tech skills to brush up on:
1. Social Media
Social media has become one of the most dominant and powerful platforms of the 21st century. Regardless of your role, being able to use and understand social media is a must. It allows you stay up-to-date with the latest news, technologies and events which means you won’t become outdated in your role. It also gives you the opportunity to engage with potential clients and customers.
Gone are the days of typists. Everyone is expected to type for themselves and to type fluently. If you’re still using three fingers then start practicing or take a short-course in touch-typing. With our fast-paced society and high time pressures, being able to quickly type simple documents like emails and letters is expected.
Being able to put together a concise and literate email or letter is an expected skill for all major business practice. Even if English wasn’t your strong suite at school, you should still have basic grammar skills and be able to write simple emails or letters if required. Your language doesn’t have to be fluffy and fancy, just straight to the point and grammatically correct.
4. Basic Computer Skills
Computer confidence is crucial. The simple skills of being able to turn a computer on, navigate and use its basic functions are critical. There are plenty of short courses you can take if you’re lacking in this area – your local council might even offer them for free, so it’s worth asking around.
5. Microsoft skills – Word, Excel & PowerPoint
Part of basic computer skills is being able to use the foundational Microsoft programs or their equivalent programs (e.g pages on Mac). You should be confident in creating quick documents on word, basic spread sheeting in excel and presentations on power point. Although not all roles may require you to use these programs on a daily basis, they are foundational to most business and understanding them and being able to use them is essential.