8 computer skills that will help you get a job in 2018.

With the relentless march towards digitisation it’s no surprise that employers look for candidates with great computer skills. The trend for hiring those with strong digital know-how can be seen across all industries. The future is clear - if you’re comfortable online then you’re far more likely to land the job compared to any tech-challenged contemporaries.
 
If you’re not sure whether your skills are up to scratch, then take a look at the computer skills wish list to help you get your own skills up to ready in time to land your dream job.
 

1.     microsoft. 

The majority of people have some experience with Microsoft Office but if you’re able to use advanced features such as formatting documents, carrying out mail merges, and other complex actions, you’ll significantly increase your chances of getting hired.
 

2.    spreadsheets and presentations.

Knowledge of spreadsheets and their formulas is advantageous for many roles and if you can create complex spreadsheets then you will be in higher demand. You’ll also find yourself in with a better chance of securing the role if you know how to use PowerPoint and can show a potential employer some examples. Being able to put together a first class presentation is essential for a business development executive presenting new ideas to clients and/or management.
 

3.     accounting software. 

Whether it’s using cloud-based software or understanding a computerised accounting system, having some knowledge of how it works is always a good idea. You don’t have to have the knowledge of an accountant but having a working understanding of things like invoicing, payroll, reconciliation, and reporting can show you’re commercially aware, especially if you’re an account sales manager, for example, and need to keep track of your monthly sales.
 

4.     social media and web skills. 

Most businesses have an online presence and like to build their brand profile through social media, online advertising etc. Having a good knowledge of managing social media profiles as well as programmes like Dreamweaver, WordPress, HTML, and Java is highly attractive to many employers.
 

5.     graphic design skills. 

If you have some knowledge of Photoshop or InDesign this can prove very useful for would-be bosses.  Companies are always looking at ways to improve their website and marketing materials; if they don’t have someone dedicated to doing this, then having the skills could mean you might be able to fill that gap.
 

6.     writing skills. 

Just as graphic design skills can help your job hunt, so can writing skills. Many companies need top notch content for their site, to not only attract customers but for SEO purposes as well.
 

7.     email. 

We all use email daily so you could argue this isn’t really a major skill to have. But if you can use some of the advanced features of emailing it will put you ahead. Things like scheduled email messaging, video integration, contact management, campaign creation, and mailout monitoring are all in-demand skills, particularly in a role such as a media sales consultant.
 

8.     data access and input skills. 

These days businesses operate in an information-heavy environment so having the skills to manage, collate, and extrapolate that data using software such as Microsoft Access is a distinct advantage. It’s the kind of skill that might prove useful for a telesales executive/advisor when inputting or requiring information about a customer you’re speaking to.

Now that you’re up to speed on the most useful computer skills, how’s your interview technique? If you need help preparing for an interview or general career advice, why not take a look at the Randstad career hub? It’s full to the brim of useful information for job seekers looking to progress in their career.
 

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