75+ Computer Skills for Your Resume (List, Examples) [2020]

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Computer skills are now more than simply technical abilities, they are the hard skills that employers are seeking. Most business is being conducted through computers, on the internet, or with the use of technology. And when an employer is seeking professionals to join their ranks, they’re interested in what software, hardware, and other computer knowledge you have as an employee.

Computer skills, depending on the job, it could be listed as a skills section in your resume. For those who are going into Information Technology (IT), or Software Engineering like in the Database Administrator role, you may need to include technologies like MongoDB or MySQL as part of your skills. For many other non-technical roles, technology is still going to be heavily considered. Your computer literacy skills are going to make you stand out.

Computer Skills List

Below is a list of potential computer skills that an employer might be looking for depending on the job.

Many of these technical skills will be specific to your job title. For example, computer basics like understanding Microsoft Office and being able to manage a word processor may be suitable for an administrative role. While coding skills and other computer software knowledge may be more applicable to a software engineer or IT role, where advanced computer proficiency is required.

Determining Which Skills to Focus On

When writing your resume, it’s important to determine which skills are required for the job. Basic skills such as Microsoft Office are going to be required by most positions. And some working knowledge of email, for example. For any role, you should try to speak to the fact that you have experience working with computer programs of all kinds, and that you generally have strong computer skills (the ability to learn new software).

If you feel like the role you’re applying for is going to need something more specific, look through the job ad or job description, under the requirements portion. This is where a hiring manager might list what proficiencies they believe a candidate is going to need in order to perform on the job.

Where to Put Computer Skills on Your Resume

Having a “skills” section in your resume is best for those jobs that require specific software skills and hardware skills. Jobs where an advanced computer skill is required. Like knowledge of a computer system, like Linux or Ubuntu. But when you’re applying for a general position, let’s say it’s an Administrative Assistant role, you shouldn’t include a skills section.

The better place to include your computer skills is to reference how you completed a task using your skills. This can be mentioned when you write your resume summary, resume objective, or career objective statement. You’ll be mentioning a few career accomplishments that make you stand out to the hiring manager in the job market. While doing this, you can use your computer skills to signify how you were able to achieve that accomplishment.

For example, here is a career objective that says that:

The point is that you don’t directly speak to your skill but let your skill speak to what you were able to achieve. This is more useful for roles where basic computer skills are required or where moderate computer skills are required.

Additionally, you can speak to more computer skills that you have throughout your resume, by referencing your skill through each previous work experience bullet point. Your bullet points should reference achievements much as your career statement does. If your employer is looking for a key skill or has an idea of the right computer skills required for the job, be sure to reference them multiple times but through your previous work experience versus mentioning your skill repeatedly.

Pro tip: Don’t rely on a resume template or resume builder to help you list your computer skills. Remember to speak to your computer skills through what you’ve achieved at each one of your previous jobs and career as a whole.

Gaining Computer Skills

If you’re a student or going back into the workforce, you may lack some computer skills and basics that you might need. That’s okay, the advancement of technology has made it to where you can take an online course and receive a certification for that computer skill. Each course is provided by a number of online services. From skillscommon.org to udemy.com, both of these offer a variety of online course options that can help you advance your career.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.

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