Computers have changed our society forever. There are practically no jobs nowadays, in that you would not deal with computers on a daily basis. We need to reflect out knowledge from the field on the resume, to have any chance of being invited for an interview.
The funny thing is that it is not difficult to choose the right skills only for people who have worked only with MS Office or Mozilla Firefox. Also experienced IT gurus struggle how to define their computer skills on their resume. Anyway, do not be afraid. In the following section we will show you how to do it right.
How to write it in the right way
Rule number one: If there is nothing to mention, do not waste the space on your resume.
If you have never worked with anything than MS Office or Internet Explorer, it is better to just mention simply as your computer skills the following: MS Office, Internet – advanced user.
Do not try to write too much about it, it would not interest anyone. These programs are in fact not difficult to handle, and in most of the cases it is enough to mention you can work with it. In most of the office jobs, this is the must. So just mention what is asked from the suitable candidates in the job description and that’s it. Do not complicate it if there is no reason for that.
Rule number two: Write only the relevant computer skills on the resume.
Maybe you have not though about it this way before. But for example, if you are applying for a position where you will deal with people (e.g. some customer assistant or human resources), to mention too many computer skills may affect your application negatively.
In this case, employer is looking for someone who can deal with people, not with computers. He may easily get an impression (and it doesn’t matter if it is true or false one), that you spend all your time sitting at the computer. Always keep that in mind and think about it while thinking about computer skills resume.
Rule number three: Write in the language the employer is going to understand. There are thousands of software products used all around the world on daily basis. And even the most skilled It recruiter would not know each software, not to talk about an administrative assistant often responsible for first resume selection.
Link to the software homepages if you can
What you can do to help the employer to understand your language is to link the name of the software with the homepage of it on the web. But, this could be done only in the electronic form of your resume, keep that in mind. In the printed one, you should give the brief description to each software or hardware mentioned on your resume.
Just simply write a short sentence what is each software used for, e.g. designing websites, optimizing websites, resizing pictures, etc.. At the end of the day, employer wants to see what this software can do for him and how would his company benefit from you using it. Employers are not interested in the names of various software products.
To write about your software skills should not scare you anymore. All you have to do is to mention the relevant one, mention it only if it is appropriate for the position and use the language the person reading your resume should understand. We wish you good luck!
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