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October 17, 2017 No Comments

Featured article by Calvin Paige, Independent Technology Author

In this digital age, it is vital that you are able to engage with technology. This is a fantastic way for you to appeal to your future employers and to secure a desirable job. It is also a great way for you to make a positive first impression. Whilst many new employees require hours of training, you should aim to get started as soon as possible. It will be much easier to do this if you have an impressive level of computer literacy. The digital world is vast and complex, so you may be wondering where to start. If this is the case, you will need to read on. Below is a list of IT skills that you will need to develop before starting your new job.

Delivering effective presentations

Most jobs will require you to convey important information to your employers, colleagues, or clients. In 2017, it is no longer enough to use a basic PowerPoint or a simple speech. Instead, you need to ensure that your presentations are effective and innovative. Before you begin your new role, you should try to familiarize yourself with programmes such as Prezzi. This is an online platform that allows you to create unique and interesting presentations. You should also have a go at creating your own movies. This is one way to be certain that your presentations always stand out. Even if you are fairly certain that your new employers will ask you to use standard presentation software, it is still possible to think outside of the box. There is a wide range of presentation techniques available. Understanding when to embrace these techniques will ensure that you are a valuable addition to any workforce.

Creating fantastic websites

It is rare to find a company that doesn’t have its own website. Even if your new role has nothing to do with creating an online platform, it is still worth familiarizing yourself with the process of creating a website. You never know when your skills will be required. For instance, you may be asked to add your own content to the company site. Instead of being forced to ask for assistance, you should have the skills required to do this independently. Not only this, but if anything ever goes wrong with your company website, you should be knowledgeable enough to offer useful suggestions.

Communicating effectively via email

When you begin your new job, it is likely that the majority of your communications will rely on email. When you are sending emails, it is vital that you maintain an air of professionalism. That is why you need to think about how you are structuring your messages. You will need to consider your spelling, grammar, and tone. If you struggle with these factors, you should turn to programmes such as Grammarly. They will help you to avoid any embarrassing mistakes. If you are working in a fast-paced environment, you will also need to make sure that your emails are read, and replied to, in a prompt fashion. One way of doing this is by focusing on the subject box of your emails. Take the time to practice writing attention-grabbing subject boxes. They should clearly reflect the contents of your message, otherwise your emails are likely to be overlooked. You could also suggest that your place of work installs a programme that allows you to see when an email has been received. Some companies have a policy in place where its employees are expected to respond to messages within a given time period.

Dealing with Big Data

If you are hoping to be an impressive and efficient worker, you will need to invest in your big data skills. This is the best way to thrive in a company that requires you to handle large amounts of data. You will need to learn to program, work with multiple technologies, and develop strong analytical and data visualization skills. Many important organizations have yet to harness the influence of analytics. This means that your data skills could put you in an extremely desirable position. If you are able to offer potential employers unique skills that could dramatically improve the success of their business, it will be much easier for you to secure employment, negotiate a higher wage, and establish yourself as an invaluable member of the team. If you have already secured a position, it is still worth developing your big data skill set. If you want to advance in your career, you should always be on the lookout for ways to increase your value as an employee.

Organizing your information effectively

If your new job requires you to spend a lot of time on the computer, it is likely that you will have a huge amount of digital information to organize. Make sure that you don’t let your data get out of control. Instead, you need to have a clear system in place. This will allow you to locate your important documents in a rush. It will also help you to project an air of professionalism. Before you start your new role, consider the best ways for you to store your information. Take a look at your personal computer and have a go at organizing your documents. This will give you a chance to practice before you start at work. You should also think about the ways in which you will protect your important information. Perhaps your new place of work already has a backup system in place. If not, you will need to take matters into your own hands. You could invest in a memory stick that has lots of space and use it to store copies of your important documents. Alternatively, you could talk to your employers about moving their business to the cloud. This is a great way to protect yourself against any technical glitches. Just imagine how grateful your employers will be if you are the one to help them avoid a data disaster.


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