In today’s offices, computer literacy is a very important factor. Since computer aids productivity; the works done by computers are more organised, efficient and timely.
It is true that many people you see using the computer i.e. for networking on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram did not go through any tutelage before they could surf the net but what about other important skills like sending and retrieving mails, using Microsoft access, power point, spreadsheets and so on? These are skills that almost every office now requires.
The importance of computer training to anyone applying for a job cannot be overemphasized. Many graduates-cum-job seekers are still out there who do not know how to use the computer effectively despite the great emphasis employers place on computer skills nowadays.
THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPUTER LITERACY TO JOB APPLICANTS
It has been adviced that undergraduates should start paying more attention to their computer efficiency because it will facilitate their job search in the transition to the job market. Importance of computer training to job applicants are – but not limited to – these three:
First, there are so many information online about job-application related topics such as how to write a resume, cover letters, how to dress to an interview, how to answer interview questions, the dos and don’ts of a job interview etc. You should know how to use the computer to access these information.
Second, a lot of employers now advertise open positions on their web sites or through job posting websites such as Jobberman, www.jobberman.com and Hot Nigerian Jobs, www.hotnigerianjobs.com. Applicants that can use the computer effectively will find it easier to access openings that will match their area of specialisations and career goals.
Third, Submitting job applications using the computer is very convenient. It saves time and it is cost effective to send resumes and cover letters via email. If you want a job in a location different from where you are, the internet is the best place to get information about the job openings and accommodation in that location of your choice.
Even if you possibly get a job without using the computer in anyway, computer skills are now given high priority at workplace which makes it a resource for any employee that is computer literate. Even jobs that are not tech related now use the computer for many tasks. These computer related tasks may include:
- Retrieving and sending of emails, including those with attachments.
- earching for information about special or seemingly difficult tasks through the internet.
- Digital photographs editing and graphic design
- Opening, saving, printing of files and formatting simple documents using Microsoft word or other word processing software.