Technology is now ubiquitous in everything we do. Whether you want to speak to a friend, navigate your way home or read the news, technological devices today provide the fastest and most efficient ways to complete those tasks.
This is true of our everyday lives, but it’s also true of business; and whether you work in an office or on a building site you will find that there are many ways in which you absolutely can’t avoid using technology to get things done. And this is only increasing with time as technology becomes ever cheaper, smarter and more flexible.
Thus if you want to make yourself an appealing candidate for almost any job, you need to learn some basic technological skills. And if you want to give yourself the edge over your competition then you need to go beyond just those basics. Here are some skills to develop that will help you with any job (almost…).
At the very least, you should make sure that you know how to use e-mail and communicate efficiently. This means you should understand how your inbox, outbox and sentbox works, you should know the difference between Gmail and Outlook, and you should be able to compose e-mails that are well written and to-the-point. E-mail is these days the main form of communication for a huge range of businesses because it is fast, efficient and versatile. If you can’t create e-mails you will essentially be unable to communicate within your infrastructure and this is a serious drawback.
Another skill that absolutely everyone should learn is how to use Excel and Excel-like spreadsheets. Almost every business uses a spreadsheet in some capacity, and even when they don’t you can still make use of them yourself in order to improve your workflow and get more done. Excel is even useful for communication – allowing you to create graphs and charts to quickly communicate the state of your stocks, your profits or many other things.
Additionally, many of the skills used in creating spreadsheets can be employed in other ways. Statisticians and researchers for instance will use similar tools for calculating significance, while programmers use similar ‘IF/THEN’ statements to create code.
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A stenotypist is someone who types as quickly as you can speak – that’s roughly 1-300 words per minute. This is accomplished using a stenotype machine which uses combinations of keys called ‘chords’ in order to input code that gets translated into text. This is used for subtitling and for recording court cases and is an incredibly useful and rare skill. For taking minutes this would be an incredibly powerful tool and would put you head and shoulders above the competition – as well as demonstrating your capacity for learning new skills and then some.
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