Is “strong Microsoft Office Skills” too vague for your comfort? Then decide for yourself what that means to you and let employers know exactly what you can do for them tomorrow morning if they hire you. There may be a reason for the vagueness of what the employer is asking for, but you can rest assured the vagueness isn’t for your benefit!
Take care of your own interests by setting out a clear list of things you can do with Microsoft Word, Excel and the other great and useful programs that let you accomplish more work of a higher quality in less time. That tells them in a very understandable way how you will add value far in excess of the salary they will pay you.
4 Easy Steps to a clear story employers understand and believe:
- Do your homework: Research the specific programs that are needed to do the job you would like to have. Talk to someone who actually works there!
- Honestly compare your current skill level for each relevant Microsoft Office application to what employers need. The many skills checklists on the Free Resources page are intended for exactly that purpose.
- Upgrade your skills as needed by self-study and taking courses.
- Assemble completed checklists along with supporting evidence as needed.
You’ll find MS Office Skills Checklists here.
For more detailed explanations, check out my Slideshare presentation, then have a look at some earlier posts that I’ve listed below.
I welcome any questions and suggestions for additional related materials.