Fluency With Excel And Word Are Key To Getting A Higher-Paying Job

Fluency With Excel And Word Are Key To Getting A Higher-Paying Job

Finding a high-paying job without the right qualifications 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.

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According to a recent study from labour-market analysis firm, a href=”https://www.burning-glass.com/”>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 per cent 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.

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


  • In an interview I did a few years ago the second question was, What level of proficiency do I have with Office software? My answer – Intermediate, because I know what is possible with the software. It turned out to be the only question that mattered and got me the job.

  • I’ve built my entire career out of fluency with the Office suite, specifically Excel and then Access. Have zero qualifications, zero formal courses. Just a lot of Google when I get stuck with a particular tricky problem (usually something in VBA) and intuition.

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