I am wondering if someone can explain how to understand what an employer really wants when they run an ad that details computer skills.

For example, I see ads that state you must be proficient in Microsoft Office. I assume that means you must know Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point inside and out-know all of the components of each application.

Then I see ads that ask for "strong working knowledge" or "solid work experience" with Microsoft Office (or applications). Can someone interpret this for me, please? My friends and I somewhat disagree.

It seems to me that with many ads, you cannot know until you get to the interview. I wish they would be specific-I have seen ads that state in detail what they want.

I am not a guru, but I am very experienced with Word and I am comfortable with the basics and possibly more with Access,PP, and Excel. I know people who say they can do it all, but if you ask them about certain parts, they have no idea.

Any help would be great!

Ah yes, English can be such a complicated language sometimes. To me, a strong working knowledge of M$ Office means you should know a lot about the applications. There’s no way you can ever know everything about these programs though. As an aside, the guy teaching a computer course I once went on said that there isn’t anyone who can use every single function in Excel.

It all depends on what sort of job you’re looking for though. If you’re doing secretarial type work, your existing knowledge of the suites should be more than enough. On the other hand, if you were going for a test job that involves writing macros and things, that would be a different matter.


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  1. Sniffer D
    Posted September 23, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Ah yes, English can be such a complicated language sometimes. To me, a strong working knowledge of M$ Office means you should know a lot about the applications. There’s no way you can ever know everything about these programs though. As an aside, the guy teaching a computer course I once went on said that there isn’t anyone who can use every single function in Excel.

    It all depends on what sort of job you’re looking for though. If you’re doing secretarial type work, your existing knowledge of the suites should be more than enough. On the other hand, if you were going for a test job that involves writing macros and things, that would be a different matter.References :

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