For most of us, we’re surrounded by technology in the workplace, and our comfort with that technology might vary. Some companies use different versions, maybe some have propriety software that they developed, either way it is important that you’re comfortable using the technology and exploring new ways to complete different tasks.
Bernard Marr wrote an article for LinkedIn outlining the top 10 skills that will get you hired in 2015 (check it out here)
- Ability to work in a team structure
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems (tie)
- Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
- Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
- Ability to obtain and process information
- Ability to analyze quantitative data
- Technical knowledge related to the job
- Proficiency with computer software programs
- Ability to create and/or edit written reports
- Ability to sell and influence others
You could argue that technology can help with all of these skills, in fact that is what I’ll be doing in this article and future articles.
The startup culture that has been created by today’s technology feeds off of one simple mantra – take a problem people have and find a way to fix it. Sounds simple at first, but once you start reading about the amazing amounts of services available today, you realize that if you are a part of a group of people having difficulties in any specific field, there is probably an app for that.
The important thing to remember here is that, for most jobs, these skills are directly dependent on your technical prowess. You may be the best speaker in the world, articulate and able to get your ideas across clearly and concisely. While that is great, if you can’t write and email, or talk on the phone, your skills are wasted because we can’t always rely on in person meetings to get things done.
Understanding how to transfer your skills to the technology that we use everyday is very important. If you find yourself working on a computer to fulfill any part of your job description, your ability work efficiently and effectively through different technologies can make a world of difference.