Top 11 Most important Computer Skills to learn for career development

Basic Computer Skills that will be helpful in every step of your Career

These are most demanding and evergreen basic computer skills. Really important to learn to get a unique and competitive edge in your business, career, and resume. Also get in this article various home based business, freelancing business and jobs ideas.

1. English and Hindi Typing with speed 40+ WPM in English and 30+ WPM in Hindi.

Computer English and Hindi Typing skills are most popular and easiest method to starts applying for Government jobs. Mostly it is helpful to get data entry jobs online or offline with little computer and internet knowledge.
But English/Hindi Typing skill is not only important to get government and private jobs. But it is also very helpful to work faster on your assignment, notes, and typing related works.
You can even start typing and editing related business like a cyber café.
So, because of the various advantages of Hindi & English typing, I recommended it, everyone, that they should practice improving their English and Hindi Typing skills.

Following are the article you helpful to improve your typing speed:-

English typing speed practice tips | Increase Typing Speed

asdf ;lkj typing lessons: Top 3 Basic Typing Lessons

Key advantages:
• You can type faster and get more work done in less time.
• You’re eligible for government and private sector jobs.
• You can start your own business online or offline in which you can provide data entry services.
Related: – Is typing services is the best way to work from home?

2. Microsoft Word Skills

Microsoft Word is an MS-Office application used for various official and non-official works worldwide. It is installed and used in almost all the offices for official works.
Learning Microsoft Word is very helpful for people and in business to create resume, letters, invoices, bills, work schedule, forms, bills, business cards, business plan and to make school/college notes, cover pages for eBooks and for writing or creating eBook’s and for writing blog articles etc. and various others things by using Microsoft Word.
In Government and private jobs, Microsoft Word is essential basic computer knowledge that is recommended.

It’s because of the works, I mentioned above are used in the almost all kind of businesses and organization on daily basis.
So, learning Microsoft Word is not only helpful in Personal and Professional life but it’s essential skills that you can use even to teach your kids.
So the combination of English/Hindi Typing speed + practical knowledge of Microsoft Word will be great to showcase the productive skills in your resume and very helpful in getting jobs and to start your own business.
Following are the article in which you can learn more about the Microsoft Word:-

Microsoft Word Introduction, What is Microsoft Word?

Top 10 uses of MS Word in Daily Life

Importance of MS Word in Education

Key Advantages:
• You will be able to save money that you have to spend in cybershops’ for documents works.
• You can start data editing and typing business online or offline.
• You are eligible for data typing and editing works.
• You can apply for various government and private jobs with English/ Hindi Typing knowledge.

3. Microsoft Excel Skills

The importance of learning Microsoft Excel is similar to Microsoft Word. But the use of Microsoft Excel is little different.
The difference is that Microsoft Word is used for writing and for creating professional documents and Microsoft Excel is used to perform mathematical calculation such as the calculation of business expenditure or income. It is also used to analyze, filter a large amount of meaningless data into meaningful information. It is used to visualize that data and information so it will become easier to understand and to find out new conclusion or to faster the decision-making process.
The similarity between Microsoft Word and Excel is that it is both are packaged applications of MS-Office. And it is used in Education, Business by various people for financial and official management.
The following links are putting light on Microsoft Excel

Uses of Microsoft Excel in daily life

Importance of Microsoft Excel for Students

Importance of Microsoft Excel in Business

So, after learning the above-linked uses and importance of Microsoft Excel. I think it’s really important for students, online or offline business owners, and home based computer users to become stronger in financial management skills by learning Microsoft Excel.
When you have practical knowledge of these applications it will become your skill. And you will do and achieve more in less time by using Microsoft Excel in a career.
Key Advantages
• Eligible for data entry, data management, data analysis and data visualization works and jobs with Internet research knowledge.
• You can start your own online business such as YouTube Channel and you can teach Excel with data management and analysis skills.
• You can start your own blog website, in which you can explore the innovative methods of data manipulation and data management for a quick business decision.
• You can take advantages of Excel knowledge in managing own business and personal finance.

4. Microsoft PowerPoint Skills

Microsoft PowerPoint is another important application to learn and it’s easiest than Microsoft Word and Excel. Mostly the works you have to do in Microsoft PowerPoint is to represent or present the data and information by using Slide-Shows, transition and animation effects as well as charts, smart art, and formatting tools in meetings and seminars.
You can learn more about it: Uses of Microsoft PowerPoint in our daily life

If you learned the above-linked articles you got ideas about the importance of learning Microsoft PowerPoint. That’s why I recommend it in the list of basic computer skills.
In your career and business, you often need to present your idea, data and information in front your boss, audience, students, and teachers. In this case, presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint will be helpful.
Key Advantages:-
• You can provide services or you can sell presentation templates for various business categories online and offline.
• You can create animated movies, tutorials and upload them to YouTube. After that, you can monetize those videos with Google Adsense.
• You can teach and help kids or students at home to create a presentation.
• You will be eligible for computer operator jobs or you can get the specialized position because data and information presentational knowledge is more than the knowledge of few options.

5. Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Illustrator / InDesign Skills

Adobe Photoshop is photo editing software. That you can use to enhance, retouch, restore, manipulate and edit images professionally. You can also use to create 3D graphics, image backgrounds, pattern, and texture etc. Mostly used by Photo editors in Photo Studio, Web designer to create PSD of the website design or layout and by graphics designer for various graphical works in the printing press or in designing agencies.
Adobe Illustrator is similar to Adobe Photoshop. It is used specifically to create and designing branding materials such as logos, icons, sketches and typography and vector images.
Adobe InDesign is another Adobe Application to create marketing and advertising materials such as posters, banners, brochures, magazine cover pages, newspaper or magazine layout designs and to design eBook’s etc.
Knowledge of one out of three will be great to get online or offline jobs. It’s because such basic skills of web/graphics designing will be helpful for any company and business owners. They need marketing and advertising material daily, they need people who can design such things for their social media or internet marketing campaigns.
You can also start your business from home by learning such skills.
I think in today’s time such skills are the basic computer skills. I don’t’ think basic computer skills mean you have only typed, MS Office and Internet skills. Might be! But if you have practical knowledge of these applications it will be productive for you.
You can learn these skills at home nowadays. Daily learning is important. You can learn these skills in free time. Why not? Later you will be able to create strong portfolio/Resume by mentioning such skills.
Key Advantages:
• You can get jobs in Photo Studio, Printing Press, Magazine or newspaper offices.
• You can provide graphics designing services as a freelancer.
• You can sell your own designs on online marketplaces.
• You can apply for online jobs.
• You can teach other people.
• You can run your YouTube channel and creative graphical editing works and knowledge.
• You can provide or design templates and you can sell on your own website.
Related: 

What can you do with a graphic design degree 

6. Software Installation and Uninstallation

I hope you know about how to install MS-Office, Adobe Photoshop, Typing Tutor or basic application on your computer. If not it’s really important for you. You can’t spend money on hiring people, again and again, to remove the virus from your computer, to install certain software on your computer you need to learn. It is a basic skill, I think every basic computer course students should know about it.
• You can save money and time that in past you have to call others to install and manage software or hardware in your computer/Laptop.
• You can provide installation services online.
• You can start a blog, in which you can write only about various software installation and uninstallation methods.
• You can work in any office, where maintenance of computers is required on the daily basis.

7. Social Media Marketing

Many people can say that, its advanced skills. Yes, it’s advance method to market products and services on the Internet by using social media websites.
You, your relative or anyone you know have a business. They are selling products or providing services. Now those people are marketing or not marketing their products on the Internet. But if they do it, they will get more benefits than the traditional method of marketing.
Advance can be basic. Today, it’s trending method for business owners and companies to promote their business online. If you learn such skills, it will be easier for you to get a job, or get a promotion, the more you learn the better you will become in anything that you do. And you share such knowledge with those people, and explanation them how Internet marketing or social media marketing is beneficial.
Learn more about social media marketing:-

Importance of social media marketing in business success

Importance Of Internet Marketing For Small Business

How to Promote Your Business Online Fast – 18 Online Marketing Solutions

Key Advantages:
• You can work as a social media marketers or manager.
• You can run your own Facebook Pages, Groups, Pinterest Board and Google + communities. When you will get 500+ people following or in your groups, you can charge for posting on your pages or you can convert those likes into customers.
• You can create your own website and publish an article that will be helpful for online and offline business owners. So, they will get benefits of social media. And you can monetize your website space with Google Adsense or double click methods. You can also sell affiliate products. You can also provide services as a virtual assistant, hourly and or on fixed price contracts.
• You can promote your own business.

8. Blogging and Content Writing Skills

Blogging and content writing is another demanding and most creative field. It is a complete business promotion or online learning method. Internet marketing part is mostly driven by the content.
You can start your own blog website and you can earn money by placing ads on your website. You can provide content writing services for other business websites. You can write content for social media marketing. You can get online jobs by learning content marketing.
That’s why I think content marketing is a most important basic computer or internet skills especially for students or people looking or thinking to build an online business.

Key Advantages
• You can write about your personal and business experiences.
• You can provide content writing services on Freelancing websites or your own website.
• You can run as many websites you want based on existed knowledge or creativity.
• You can get content writing works from offline clients.
• You can also sell content that is written by you based on industry keywords.

Related: – Top 6 Benefits of Blogging on your Business website frequently

9. WordPress Website Designing Skills

Now website designing or web development can be advanced skills. But you don’t want to become Website Designer. But want to create own business or personal website. That’s where WordPress will help you.
WordPress is an open source web application. Used to create almost all kind of websites, you can use pre-defined free WordPress theme or premium WordPress themes and its starting point. If you get right WordPress website designing course online or offline then learning WordPress is not that much tough. You can even learn it for free, only by watching free WordPress tutorials.
In today’s time, if you have your own website then you can showcase your skills on the website and then put that link on a resume or social media profile. It will be easier for companies to learn and understand your skills set and work experience. Also, they can be your customers when they will search for particular skills and expertise.
I think in future, every job seeker need own portfolio website.
Key Advantages:
• You can save 5000 to 10000 Indian rupees by creating your own business website.
• You can take the above amount if someone needs a website for their business.
• You can apply for works or jobs in Web Designing/Development companies online and offline.
• You can work as a freelancer.

Related: – Learn to create websites and start your own business from home in Shimla

10. Internet Research

Internet knowledge is not about that know how to search on Google, internet knowledge is not about that you know how to use Facebook, WhatsApp etc. For me, internet knowledge is about what to search on Google, how to use Facebook for Knowledge. And what are the productive things that you can do by using a computer and the internet.
I mean that you will be able to research on the Internet. Research skill is essential for students to find and collect right study material. Research skill is important to the market business. Research skill is important to find out the right job. Research skill is important to collect meaningful data to take a quick decision that will be less risky.
Internet research skills are most recommended by business owners especially when you’re applying for online jobs on freelancing websites. I think it’s really important for people so they will be able to compare what is right or what is wrong, what is right news or what fake news is on the Internet.

Key Advantages:
• Provide data and information research services for companies those are looking for researched data. You also need to use Microsoft Excel for that. But do not spam!
• You can do your own market research, business ideas research, product development research, and market research etc.
• You can do the research or conduct new research so that can produce new meaning and remove old myths from the Internet have a negative angle.

Related: – How to perform market research online

11.Data and Information Management or Privacy and protection skills

Today, our brain access data and information in every step that we take to do something on the Internet or computer, we all have lots of files in our computer and mobile. Management of that data and information is important. Whatever information we are accessing on the Internet, what kind of data we’re downloading, what kind of message we’re responding are important things to consider.
If we don’t manage our data then it is a risk on our privacy and personal freedom. It’s because confidential data can be compromised without informing you.
So, it’s highly important for everyone that they know how to manage computer and internet data safely.
Key Advantages:
• You will be able to manage your own business and personal data.
• You can educate other people about “behind the seen” on various social media fake message and news.
• There are also jobs, I didn’t researched, but I think there are people need safety of their social media and email accounts.

Follow the below link for recommended Courses if you’re looking for job and promotions: 

Best Online IT Courses that can help you to Get a Job

And if you’re looking to improve your essential basic computer skills then please follow the link below: 

Essential Online Basic Computer Courses for Beginners

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Vijay Kumar is an Entrepreneur and the founder of www.klientsolutech.com blog website that is aimed to help students, entrepreneurs in career and business development.

Currently Digital Marketing Freelancer at Upwork and so far have completed 100+ digital marketing projects successfully for online and offline clients.

In past worked in many institutes and educated more than 1500 + Students basic practical IT skills offline. Working in the IT field since 2007.
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3 Comments

  1. These are all excellent skills to have if you are working in a technology-based or digital media field. I think that information management and protection skills would look great on a resume. You made a good point about how confidential data can be compromising if it is unprotected. Taking an IT course might help you add some of these skills to your repertoire.

  2. Can u refer any reliable online courses where the entire thing can be covered may be from different centres but at least covered

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