Friday, March 13, 2015

Fluency with Excel and Word Are Key to Getting a Higher-Paying Job

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Finding a good paying job with just a few college courses (or less) under your belt can be daunting. Even so, you may be surprised to hear that employers still want basics like Excel and Word before other, more advanced skills. Land those and your chances of scoring a gig with a living wage rise significantly.

According to a recent study from labor-market analysis firm, Burning Glass Technologies, not having these basic skills immediately removes you from two-thirds of potential "middle-skill jobs"—jobs that include office administration and retail management, for example, and pay 13% more on average than positions that require zero computer skills.

If you've already mastered Excel and Word, consider tackling Photoshop and CRM software to really see a big jump in pay. To see just how much those digital skills will net you, check out the full article below.

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Crunched By the Numbers: The Digital Skills Gap in the Workforce | Burning Glass Technologies via Wall Street Journal

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