Do you know Word? Do you know Excel?
Do you know PowerPoint?
Do you have Computer Skills?
Can you do Internet Research?
The list of questions in an office-oriented job interview, pertaining to your level of computer skills, goes on and on. Having advanced Microsoft Office skills will help you in a job interview, however having Microsoft Office Certification will set you apart from your competition. With so many people looking and applying for the same office jobs, you now, more than ever, have to validate and prove to employers you do have the skills you say. Microsoft Office certification is a solution to validating and verifying your computer skills to employers.
As a Microsoft Office Trainer, I frequently get calls from people who have told employers, during an interview that they have certain computer skills that they do not actually have. They are sent for testing or get the job and then they call me (or another trainer) to try and quickly learn the programs they lied about. Employers have become hip to the desperate job seekers and now are relying on verification and / or computer skills testing to confirm job seekers skill claims. Having Microsoft certifications, specifically, Microsoft Office Certification can help move your resume to the top of the pile and expedite your transition back into the workforce.
Microsoft’s business certifications for Microsoft Office 2007 and / or Microsoft Office 2003 will validate your skills to your potential employers, give you the skills you need to pass a computer skills test in an interview, and give you the skills to be efficient and effective on your first and every day of work.
As the economy tightens and the number of job seekers continues to far outweigh the number of job opportunities, it is important to “set yourself apart” from the rest of the individuals applying for business-oriented employment opportunities. Earning Microsoft Office Certification can not only set you apart but certified professionals also enjoy some benefits non certified professionals don’t have. Microsoft Office certified professionals enjoy benefits such as:
o Increased confidence in job interviews
o Increased number of job interviews
o Increased respect by colleagues
o Increased efficiency in a work day
o Less stress during the workday since daily computer tasks are easier
o Ability to negotiate higher salaries as a result of the high level computer skills
Earning Microsoft Office certification can be done by taking the official exams at an Authorized Certiport testing center. Be sure you have an expert level knowledge of the programs before going to test. The exams are hands-on, 50 minutes long, and they test specific advanced skills. If you do not have expert level knowledge you should consider taking online training to learn the applications and become a “power user.” Online training can be taken anywhere you have a computer and an Internet connection. Online training allows you to study at your own pace, redo the exercises, and really cement the knowledge into your memory. Learning Microsoft Office should be fun and enjoyable. Pick an online learning that has a live mentor program, so you can ask questions if you get stuck.