Almost every workplace today requires employees to have some level of computer knowledge—from basic word processing on a PC to point-of-sale systems at retail stores and fast-food restaurants. Even warehouse workers and grocery store stockers use portable computer devices to check inventory.
If you lack computer experience or think you don’t have the right skill set to land your dream job, you’re not alone. It’s not a generational thing, either. People of all ages have varying comfort levels with computers.
The important thing is to find out what you already know and what you still need to learn. Start by taking a test of your basic computer skills.
Think about your skills in the following areas—skills that TechRepublic.com has identified as important for workers in today’s technology-driven workplace:
This is also a handy check-list to keep with you when you seek out courses or workshops on basic computer skills. Your local Goodwill® is the best place to start. In some towns, the local library or senior citizens center also offer classes in a low-stress environment, supportive environment.