Computer Skills

Computer Skills

Computer Skills

Learning Computer Skills

Sometimes short courses in computing, languages, business, bookkeeping and of course, learning to drive can be of immense help in making you more employable.

Many jobs require “basic IT competence”, but what does this mean? Maybe you feel you use a PC efficiently in your daily work, but how do you prove this?

The ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) is an internationally highly respected certificate that verifies your computer knowledge and practical computer skills. It is a qualification that has been designed to meet the needs of both employers and employees. All ECDL modules are self-study – you have a manual and study whenever is convenient and there are also interactive on-line learning modules available.

The ECDL syllabus covers the key concepts of computers, standard business applications, and uses in the workplace and society in general. It is divided into seven modules:

  • Basic concepts of information technology
  • Using the computer and managing files (Windows and file management)
  • Word processing (Microsoft Word)
  • Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel)
  • Database (Microsoft Access)
  • Presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Information and communication (email and internet)

Here are the most demanding computer skills in 2017

If you’re a manager looking to hire people with these skills, be prepared — it could take a while to find the right person. If you’re an IT pro in possession of these skills, congratulations: Your services are in demand. If you intend to refresh your tech skills for 2017, start taking notes — this is where the action will be in the upcoming year.

Programming/application development

35% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Help desk/technical support

35% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.


26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.


26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Business intelligence/analytics

26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Web development

26% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Database administration

25% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Project management

25% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Big data

25% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Mobile applications and device management

21% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

LinkedIn Unveils The Top Skills That Can Get You Hired In 2017, Offers Free Courses for a Week

According to our data, job applications spike on LinkedIn in October. So chances are you or someone you know is thinking about landing a new gig. That’s why today, we’re revealing the Top Skills of 2016 — our annual list of the skills employers need most in candidates.

We break it down globally and in 14 countries (click through the SlideShare below to view the Top Skills of 2016 across all countries):

Here are the hottest, most in-demand skills around the globe:

1. Cloud and Distributed Computing

2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

3. Web Architecture and Development Framework

4. Middleware and Integration Software

5. User Interface Design

6. Network and Information Security

7. Mobile Development

8. Data Presentation

9. SEO/SEM Marketing

10. Storage Systems and Management

In a post on LinkedIn , Fisher explains that the “top skills” list reveals several trends about the global job market.

Interview Questions About Computer Skills

When you are interviewing for a job, a typical question is “What computer skills do you have and what programs are you comfortable using?”

Of course, the answer for this question will vary widely depending on the job for which you are applying. If you are applying for a high-tech position that requires lots of information technology skills, for example, you should know your skills and experience like the back of your hand and be able to recount them without issue.

However, if you’re applying for a position that requires lighter computer skills, you may need some assistance coming up with a strong an answer. Read below for some helpful tips and sample answers.

How to Answer Interview Questions About Computer Skills

The most common software currently being used for office work is word processing software like Microsoft Word, spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel, and presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint. It’s important to refresh your skills with these basic programs. Some companies may prefer Apple software and Mac computers, though if you’re only expected to do basic computer work, you will probably be working with Microsoft programs.

Keep in mind that most job applicants will have experience with these Microsoft programs, and most employers will expect you to as well. Therefore, state that you are fluent or experienced with these software programs, but don’t spend too much time elaborating on this.

Depending on the field the office is in, they may also have specialized software that you need to master. You should research what they are using ahead of time if at all possible. For example, you should look closely at the job description and see if it requires you to have experience with any programs.

Be sure to mention your experience or knowledge of this software.

Also, if you have specific experience with a specialized program, be sure to mention it. Even if it is not listed in the job description, it might be a useful extra skill.

Remember, you should always be honest when answering interview questions. If you say you’re an expert at a program, your employer is going to expect you to be able to walk right into the office and get to work. It will reflect very poorly on you if you don’t actually have the skills that you claim.

If you do not have much experience with a required software program, be honest about this when asked. However, you might add that you are very “digitally fluent,” and that you learn new programs quickly, if that is the truth. If you can, provide an example of a time you learned a program quickly in the past.

Also, if there is a software you need to know for the job, but you are unfamiliar with it, you might sign up for a free online class to learn the software. That way, during the interview, you can explain that you are currently learning the software. This will give you the added bonus of showing your dedication to the company and the job.

Examples of the Best Answers

Here are some sample answers to give you an idea of how to respond during your interview.

Be sure to tailor your own answer to fit the job you are applying for, and your own technological abilities.

  • I’m proficient with Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and Power Point. I’m very comfortable using these programs and have a lot of experience doing so.
  • I’m very comfortable using computers and am confident in my ability to learn any new programs quickly. For example, in my last job as a web editor, I mastered a new content management system very quickly: within two weeks, I was teaching the system to our interns.
  • I am familiar with using both Windows and Apple operating software. I have used both in my previous job for the past ten years.
  • I’m an expert at Microsoft Excel and Mac Numbers. I can create fully functional spreadsheets and am familiar with organizing and analyzing large sets of data. For example, I collected and organized our entire school’s testing outcomes in both math and English for the past two years. I then analyzed and interpreted these findings for our superintendent.
  • In addition to basic computer skills and word processing, I’m also familiar with photo and video editing software. I have used both Adobe After Effects and iMovie to edit short promotional videos for my previous company, and have received much praise from my employer for my skill in these programs.
  • While I did not work with Java at my previous job, I am currently taking an online course in which I am learning Java. I am already halfway through the course, and am quickly gaining confidence in this program. I have taken other online courses to strengthen my IT skills, and have had much success.


In today’s technologically oriented economy, it’s no surprise that employees with strong computer skills fare better in the job market than their tech challenged counterparts. This trend influences hiring for virtually all jobs, not just technology-centered positions.

What Skills Do You Need?

If you are in the market for a new job or formulating your professional development plan to position yourself for future career growth, then you should assess the technology preferences of employers in your field.

Review job postings for your target position on major job sites like and niche job sites for your industry. Make a list of the tech related qualifications that are cited most often. Also review workshop and seminar topics offered through your professional association to identify cutting edge skills.

Consult colleagues in your field and ask them which skills are the most highly valued in their environment. Check LinkedIn to see what skills your connections in similar jobs have on their profiles. Review this list of the top skills to list on LinkedIn for more ideas of the top skills employers look for.

Upgrade Your Skills

If your skills need refreshing or you need to acquire a new skillset, there are many free courses online you can take to upgrade your skills. Be sure to include all the new skills you learn on your resume.

Computer Skills That Will Help You Get Hired

Here are some computer skills that are prized by employers in a wide variety of sectors.

Microsoft Office

Virtually all workers have some familiarity with Microsoft Word. However, individuals who can carry out mail merges, modify macro scripts, format documents expertly, and execute other complex functions are most highly recruited.


Facility with spreadsheet programs, especially Microsoft Excel, is referenced in many job announcements. Candidates who can create complex macros to organize spreadsheet information are in particularly high demand.


A solid grasp of PowerPoint for workers who wish to conduct dynamic presentations or prepare materials for bosses and colleagues is essential. Job candidates who can show employers some attractive examples of presentation slides will often have a leg up in the hiring process.

Microsoft Access

Job seekers who can organize and manipulate data through programs like Microsoft Access have an advantage in today’s information-intensive economy.


Many small businesses (and some larger ones) use QuickBooks for accounting, payroll, invoicing, reporting and more. If you’re working in an accounting or administrative role, a working knowledge of QuickBooks is definitely an asset.


We all use email as part of our personal and professional lives, but those individuals who can perform advanced functions with email programs like Microsoft Outlook can increase office productivity.

Web and Social Skills

Most organizations are looking to enhance their footprint on the web and within social media. Workers who can maintain and upgrade websites using tools like content management systems, HTML, Dreamweaver, WordPress and Java are very attractive to employers. Candidates who understand how to leverage social media to convey messages about their organization are in high demand.

Graphic and Writing Skills

Knowledge of Photoshop and graphics programs like InDesign and Illustrator enable employees to optimize the look and feel of websites and other communications. Writing skills are also important for many different jobs.

Enterprise Systems

Most larger employers utilize enterprise systems like Oracle and PeopleSoft as platforms for their operations. Mastering applications within these systems can enhance your appeal to these types of organizations.

Job Specific Skills

There are many skills that are job dependent. Check out this list of employment skills listed by job to ensure you have the top skills employers are seeking in candidates. Highlight those skills in your job applications to show hiring organizations you have the right stuff to get hired.

Match Your Skills to the Job Requirements

When you’re working on your resume and cover letters, take the time to mention the skills you have that are listed in the job posting. Show the employer that you have the skills the company needs. Here’s how to match your qualifications to a job description.


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Maruthi Prasad

Maruthi is the founder and CEO of & I have a passion for technology and love what I do every day. My roles as consultant and founder often include tech strategy, online advertising and marketing, product development, project management, and operations.

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