Are These Digital Skills on Your Resume?
Technology has really taken off over the past decade. Tech hubs and generally people in the tech industry keep on setting trends by coming up with new technologies every couple of months. These trends have made it imperative that everyone should possess some sort of digital skill to make themselves relevant at their workplace. Below is a list of 5 digital skills that can add value to your resume regardless of the industry that you work in.
1. Touch Typing
The modern day workplace has made the computer a very important tool in the workplace. Regardless of the industry that an individual works in, a computer is a focal point of their work environment. This makes touch typing an important skill for anyone. Touch typing is a typing skill where one types without having to look at their keyboard. A touch typist knows the general location of each key on their keyboard. Touch typing is an important digital skill because it helps one increase their efficiency while typing. There are various online touch typing tutors that one can use to help them learn to type fast. One can however first take a free typing test so that they can find out their typing speed. This will help them know how much faster they have to get so that they can be efficient.
2. Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine optimization refers to a skill set that is centered on one’s ability to make a website or blog appear among the first pages when certain keywords are searched in search engines. Search engine Optimization is without doubt one of the most sought after skills currently with many business owners looking to make sure their organization’s websites are among the very first in search results. This makes SEO (Search Engine Optimization) a crucial skill to add to your resume. One however has to be very careful when they are adding SEO as a skill to their resume because SEO keep on changing the algorithms which they use to rank websites. One therefore has to keep on reading on current trends in SEO to keep their SEO skill relevant with current trends.
3. Programming and Web Development
Regardless of the industry that you intend on getting into, a fundamental knowledge of programming and web development shows that you can hold your own when the need arises for a little bit of coding. Research has shown that at least 24% of all job opening in the world are related to web development or programming meaning that this skill would make a very valuable addition to your resume. It is important for a company to have a website and in some cases an android or iOS app. Knowledge of basic coding leaves a company safe knowing that should he need arise to tweak or make changes to their current website that such a task will be well within your skill level to execute.
4. Social Media Management Systems
While social media is hasn’t been around for long. It is without doubt a force to reckon with. The dawn of the internet came with it the notion that the world is a global village. While the internet made it very easy for everyone to communicate, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have made it very easy for everyone in the global village to connect with each other. Companies know this much and use social media as a major marketing tool. Knowledge of various social media management systems is a valuable addition to your resume because it shows that you have the requisite skills to target potential clients on social media platforms. Companies also use social media platforms to engage their customers, have conversations about their brands and get valuable feedback which they use to improve their products.
As more and more of the world’s population and business organizations are moving their operations online or having some form of digital presence, cybersecurity is equally becoming more important by the day. About 10 years ago, cybercrime was mostly associated with high school children hacking their school systems, a lot has changed since then. Cyber criminals are getting more sophisticated by the day and are the reasons for corporations making millions in losses each year. This makes cyber security a very important skill for one looking to make themselves more marketable in the current largely digital economy we live in. Saying that you have the requisite skills to help prevent cyber-attacks in your resume goes a long way to add value to your resume.
My name is Adam Fort, I’m an education strategist at Ratatype. This project helps children and adults to learn touch typing via an online typing test and lessons. I am in charge of developing the proper typing lessons and exercise for typists who want to improve their typing speed. I also have a commercial pilot’s licence which I’m proud of.