Do you remember when putting a mastery of Microsoft Word and Excel on your resume made you a quality candidate for hire? I do, because I did it! But those days are long gone, and technology has evolved to a level where companies are demanding much more of the “tech nerd” in all of us.
What is valued now is the efficient use of newer digital technologies that have emerged (some listed below) in order to solve problems and accomplish goals, as well as an ability to adapt to and easily comprehend newer ones that arise. Being able to do this with little assistance is what will truly make you a quality candidate for hire, and tech ready!
Have you ever misplaced your smartphone for a brief period of time and had a mini panic attack inside your head? Me too! It’s safe to say that these days our smart phones play a key role in our everyday lives because of all they can do. Mobile technology is technology that goes where the user goes. It consists of portable two-way communications devices, computing devices and the networking technology that connects them. Typically, that consists of internet-enabled devices like smartphones, tablets and watches. Having skills in mobile will provide your employer with the ability to beneficially exist in this extremely high traffic realm!
It’s a sad truth in today’s world, but the hackers are out there, and they have theft on their minds. Companies with an online presence have countless exposures that must be constantly monitored and protected. The financial ramifications of hackers being able to infiltrate your system could be dire. Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. Needless to say, having these skills will make you a critical part of the team!
Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter provide a great opportunity for companies to market their products and services, build their brands, and attract customers. These platforms each offer their own unique avenues for doing just that. A familiarity and efficiency in utilizing these technologies can be of great value to an employer!
Also known as “SEO”, is the science of getting pages to rank higher on search engines such as Google. If nobody can find your company online, is it really there? Just kidding! Yes it is, BUT you want your company to show up among the top results when people are searching for related keywords. Having the skills to make this a reality for your employer will go a long way!
Digital design is a general term that is more relevant now than ever before. Put simply, any kind of design that appears in a digital format (on an app or website), rather than in print (on a physical page), is considered digital design. Given the amount of time that people spend navigating websites and mobile apps in order to get the information they seek, I would say that an ability to design graphics that attract the masses is significant!
Coding means using computer language to get the computer to behave as desired. You can think of a “coder” as someone who can translate human language into language a computer understands and will execute. A “programmer” creates intricate software programs. The creation of these programs includes coding, debugging, testing and implementation of the code to create a complete program. In today’s world, with most organizations having company websites, applications, and other such coding needs, the ability to effectively integrate the desired functionality is a difference maker!
Being tech ready goes hand in hand with being career ready. Having an understanding of current and emerging technologies will only strengthen your case for hire. There are many options for those wanting to enhance their skills in these areas. Reading books, websites and blogs, as well as watching videos on websites like YouTube are all great ways to keep abreast of what is going on in today’s digital world.
Perhaps you might like to take an online or in-person course. There are many out there! At the very least, you should make a point to increase the use of technology in your personal life. Whether that means increasing your presence online or finding a way to create a technology project around a passion of yours, you will benefit from the additional use and familiarity.
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