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Basic computer skills that can help you get hired

EmployAbilities offers job skills training programs to people with disabilities and barriers to employment. A significant part of our programs involves computer training. Even with basic and common applications, having good computer skills can improve your chances of being hired.

What computer skills do I need?

There are basic computer skills that many employers require employees to have. Those include a basic understanding of operating systems like Windows or Mac (usually windows). Knowing this helps you find the programs you need on the computer.

You’ll also need to know basic settings and applications. For example, turning the computer on, connecting to WiFi, entering passwords, and configuring and using an email account. In addition, since employers post their job vacancies online, you should learn how to navigate the internet, fill out and submit online application forms, attach files to emails, and so on.

What are popular software programs?

Software programs are often necessary to complete work in many job settings. The most used software programs are Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.) A basic understanding of Microsoft Word is an excellent place to start. If you’re applying for a specific job, check the posting to see what software skills are required. You might need to brush up your skills with a training course before you apply.

Learn video conferencing

With most training and business meetings occurring online, understanding how to use video conferencing platforms will be helpful. Typical platforms include Google Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. Knowing how to sign up for an account, log in, and use your microphone and camera within these platforms is beneficial to enter the digital workforce.