As we transition into the digital world, many jobs will require at least a basic understanding of computers. For example, your employer might require you to email or use a specific software program.

This article explains a little more about basic computer skills and why you need them for some jobs.

Basic computer skills

Basic computer skills are your ability to use and learn computers to complete tasks. For example, you might need to understand the physical components of a computer. Those components include turning on a computer, using a keyboard, connecting with a printer, using a mouse, etc.

You should also be familiar with operating systems, like Windows, for example. Then, you’ll understand the controls of common systems and will know how to navigate them in your new job.

You might also need software skills. For example, common software used in administrative settings could include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and sometimes Adobe Suite.

You can acquire some of these basic skills by taking a computer skills training program like the ones we offer at EmployAbilities. You can also learn through your free time or through work experience.

When are computer skills needed?

Most jobs will need you to have at least basic computer skills. For example, you might need to use a computer in customer service, food services, technology, shipping and receiving, and most office jobs.

Some employers will have on-the-job training for specific software they might use. However, it’s essential to understand how to use a computer and have basic knowledge of commonly used programs. These skills will help your resume stand out among others applying for the same job. In addition, it shows that you can use a computer and learn how to use new programs that might be required.

Depending on the job, you might benefit from having a working knowledge of communications software. Since the pandemic, more employers have relied on applications like Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft Teams to communicate internally and externally. Sometimes, you might have your job interview on one of these platforms!

How to show you have computer skills

Once you’ve received training, or if you’ve attended an EmployAbilities program, ensure your computer skills are on your job application. You can include them on your resume summary and cover letter, listed in your work skills section, and employment history.

For example, you can include things like:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word
  • Knowledge of communication applications like Slack and Zoom
  • 65 words per minute typing speed

Ensuring your skills are listed and that they are clear can give you a competitive advantage. In addition, it will show the employer that you meet their qualifications and can develop more skills on the job if necessary.

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