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A Digital Workforce: Free Resources for Increasing Computer Literacy

Remember a time when job searching meant going around town and handing out your resume to employers in person?

Now, the most common way to land a job is to apply through an online portal and interview remotely via video chat. What's more, once hired, the vast majority of workplaces rely heavily on technology in their day-to-day.

Therefore, from job search to on-the-job, computer skills are a must.

To assist in your journey to computer literacy, here are some free training resources that can help you gain the computer skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce:

1. Computer Basics

If you are brand new to computers, it’s best to start with the basics. With this resource, you will learn basic computer skills including how to turn your computer on, use the mouse, navigate the desktop, and utilize shortcuts to maximize your efficiency.

2. Typing Basics

Once you can use your computer, you will need to learn how to type. The “hunt and peck” approach, meaning searching for every key as you go, can work for small computer tasks but when it comes to job search or on-the-job responsibilities, you will want to know how to “touch type” or type based on feel instead of sight. Visit this resource for guided lessons for all typing levels. In this program, the lessons build and become more challenging as you go to naturally improve your typing skills and increase your typing speed over time.

3. Microsoft Office for Beginners

Microsoft Office is without a doubt the most widely-used program in the majority of workplaces. There are different programs within Microsoft Office, the most common being Microsoft Word for creating documents, Microsoft PowerPoint for creating presentations, and Microsoft Excel for creating spreadsheets. Visit this useful resource to increase your understanding of Microsoft Office as well as your ability to use its many platforms with ease.

4. Sending Emails

Whether it is in your personal life, job search, or work life, odds are you will be expected to know how to send an email. If you do not already have an email account, it is strongly encouraged that you create one, as it will be definitely become useful at some point. There are many different email platforms you can choose from, the most common being Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. Whether you are a beginner or simply have questions when using your email account, try visiting these online resources for Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo to make the most out of your email experience.

5. Utilizing Social Media

Social media can be an invaluable resource for job searching in the modern age. Platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook can help job seekers meet future employers, learn more about companies they may want to work for, and even directly apply to job postings. To learn more about how to use social media platforms to improve your job search, try visiting this useful resource. In addition, keep in mind that a mismanaged online presence can substantially affect your ability to land a job. This resource provides information on what various social media platforms are designed for and how to navigate them so that you can control your online presence and maximize your professional success in the digital era.

Written by: MacKenzie Verhelst, BAPsych, CVRP-TSA

MacKenzie Verhelst is a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant for Creative Therapy Consultants. MacKenzie is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) with Transferrable Skill Analysis (TSA) certification and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University. She demonstrates expertise in vocational assessment, resume/cover letter development, interview preparation, active job search support, and job sustainment services. MacKenzie is passionate about helping others reach their utmost potential and advocates for finding joy in work. To learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation services, please visit click here.


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