5 Software Programs That Will Improve Your Hireability

MP900390548The days when a degree, any degree, was a guarantee of a well-paid job are long gone.  While having a degree can certainly be of benefit, competition is fierce and those with extra skills, particularly demonstrable IT skills, are going to be given an edge.  Here are 5 software programs to learn whilst studying that will improve your hireability when you graduate.

1. Excel

Most Excel users seem to fall into two broad categories, those who essentially use it as a word-processing program, with ready-made tables and super-advanced users (typically mathematicians or people in mathematical professions), who love its advanced capabilities.  For many employers, however, the ideal employee is someone who knows enough about Excel to be able to analyse sales data and create presentations which involve mathematical data (such as sales figures or performance statistics).  Most people can learn this fairly easily, with the help of a little Excel training.  Depending on how much support they need, this could be anything from a teach-yourself course online to a short course in a classroom.

2. Photoshop

The importance of images is increasing alongside the spread of digital communications.  In days gone by, creating any sort of photographic image was a serious and expensive undertaking.  These days, taking a photograph and putting it online can be done with a few presses of a smartphone touchscreen.  There is, however, a huge difference between an image and a good image, let alone a great image and photo-editing can be a part of that difference.  It’s well worth investing a little time and effort in some Photoshop training, if only to be able to understand the process behind creating professional images.

3. Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is a tool for creating and managing websites.  As the internet has moved into the mainstream, it’s become increasingly common for minor tasks to be delegated to administrative or marketing staff rather than being the exclusive province of the IT team.  Because of this, even if you’ve no interest in moving into the world of web design, having a knowledge of Dreamweaver is still a marketable skill.

4. PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a word which always evokes a strong reaction.  Anyone who’s been in the world of work for any length of time will have plenty of stories about painful PowerPoint experiences, but the reality is that this is the fault of the presenter, not the software.  Many job interviews require candidates to make a presentation on a topic and it’s a standard part of life in most companies.  Flashy PowerPoint gimmicks will not disguise a weak presentation, but appropriate use of PowerPoint tools can be very helpful in conveying a well-crafted message.

5. Outlook

When you start a new job, you typically start with an empty inbox and a blank calendar.  Knowing how to use Outlook to its full capability in terms of e-mail- and time-management can prevent you from having to spend late evenings digging yourself out from under a mountain of e-mail.  The key to managing e-mail effectively is: do, date, delegate, delete.  In other words, do it now, set aside some time (now) to do it later, pass it on (now) for someone else to do, or get rid of it.  Outlook has a number of advanced options to help with this and it is best to learn them sooner than later.

This article was brought to you by Acuity Training. Acuity is a hands-on training company based in Surrey, UK. Acuity has a large number of design and development focused courses, including;  SPSS, advanced Microsoft Excel training, beginner Photoshop training and much more.

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Good luck in your search.

Joey Trebif

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