Digital skills that will get you hired

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What are digital skills?

It is understanding and knowing how to use digital technology. It is the ability to find, organize, understand, evaluate, create, and share information using these technologies.

They include:

  1. Computer use – knowing how to use a computer and other devices such as laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.
  2. Processing information – Examples:
    • sending an application online
    • sending an email
    • internet browsing
    • using computer software (for making a letter or a presentation for example)
  3. Profession-specific tools – Examples:
    • Using AutoCAD for architects, engineers, or project managers
    • Quickbooks for accountants or payroll managers
    • MATLAB for engineers

Why are digital skills important?

You cannot have a job in Canada without digital skills. Looking for a job and applying are now done online. Technology is also used in most aspects of business today. They make processes faster, more efficient and less costly. You have to know how to do your job with the help of these technologies.

It is also part of everyday life. We get information and services online. We send and receive emails. We buy and sell goods. We do banking, pay our taxes, get training, and get basic services on the Internet. You need digital skills to live, work and participate in the digital economy.


More digital skills

Here are other digital skills that can make you stand out:

  1. Basic web skills – Examples:
    • understanding basic HTML or CSS (languages used for building websites)
    • knowing how to write code
    • using WordPress
  2. Social media literacy – knowing how to use social media like Twitter, Facebook and others. Examples:
    • marketing and promoting business
    • building your network
    • sharing resources
  3. Design/Graphic skills – Knowing how to use Photoshop or In Design to make communication materials.
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  5. Netiquette – It means internet etiquette. These are the do’s and don’ts of communicating online. Examples of what not to do online:
    • posting inappropriate pictures
    • saying bad things about your boss or company
    • sharing company secrets
    • posting negative personal views
    • using the company account for personal use

Sources: Building digital skills for tomorrow (Digital Canada 150), Computer skills that will help you get hired, Alison Doyle, Career Tool Belt.

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Community Resources

Join English Online’s Digital Skills at Work Multi-Week workshop. Gain new skills every week!

Register at Immigrant Centre’s free computer training. Learn computer basics, Internet use, email, online employment applications, Skype and Microsoft Office programs. How to register.

Ask from Manitoba Start about their computer skills training courses.

Success Skills Centre offers affordable computer training courses as well as other employment skills training programs.

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