The Top Hard Skills for Your Resume: Computer Skills

Think twice before including skills such as Microsoft Office in your resume. While you may think that this term indicates your ability to type text in Word or create a PowerPoint presentation, your potential employer might assume you have knowledge of programming complex formulas using Excel. Be specific about which Office solutions you know.

Another dubious skill is social media management. Your potential employer likely won't be impressed with your ability to create a social media response to the "trending topic of the day". Only include this skill if you have genuine work experience using it such as brand building and managing multiple social media accounts, reading and analyzing corresponding data, or running paid marketing campaigns.

The term "digital literacy", indicating basic computer qualifications, is an industry-wide standard that should certainly be listed in your targeted resume. Beyond this, consider what exactly you can do with a computer and only include those specific skills.

Synonyms for computer skills: computer literacy, digital literacy, and technical literacy.


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