Computer literacy refers to the ability to use computer programs in an effective manner. Computer skills have become increasingly important as companies have started to depend upon computerized technology to get work done. Computer skills can mean that you can perform tasks that others in the work force aren’t able to, and you are familiar with and able to work with programs that businesses use. You will have a better chance of being successful in a workplace if you are able to navigate computers and use common or specialized computer programs.
The ability to use more common programs such as Microsoft Word or Excel or specialized programs, such as the bookkeeping program Intuit QuickBooks, can mean that you have advanced computer skills that other candidates do not, and you may get hired into the company because you are able to use those programs at an intermediate or advanced level. You could make more money or get hired for a high-level job because you are able to use a program. Basic computer literacy allows you to take classes in school or college or get training the workplace on how to use certain basic or specialized software.
Leadership and Promotions
If you have certain computer knowledge, you may get promoted to a higher position within your workplace, which in turn could give you an opportunity to work on more challenging projects or tasks. Even if you start out in a lower-level job, acquiring or having advanced computer skills likely will help you to get a better job more quickly than you would if you didn’t have computer skills. If you have advanced knowledge of how to use computers, you could be put in a leadership position in which you teach others how to use computers or certain computer programs. You may also be called upon to serve as a computer technician, assisting others in fixing and using computerized technology more effectively, if you have advanced computer skills.
Knowing how to use a computer often allows you to get work done in a more organized, efficient and timely manner, especially if you perform a job that requires you to use a computer on a frequent or regular basis. Computers feature programs such spreadsheet, word-processing or presentation programs that help you to organize your thoughts, but you need to know how to manipulative these programs to be able to use their features, such as their text or imaging features. If you work with a database at work, you won’t be able to complete important tasks without computer knowledge. Even if you do manual labor, such a construction or food service job, you may need to use a computer to conduct research on industry or company trends, regulations or news; run a cash register or complete training before starting work.
Knowledge of how to access the Internet on a computer opens up different possibilities for you to communicate with coworkers or supervisors. Within the workplace, you can use instant messaging programs, social media websites or email to communicate about work-related topics. When you use email or social media websites, such as Twitter or Facebook, you are able to leave messages for others to view at a later time and can email messages or documents to large groups of people. Computer knowledge means that you can communicate with others using multimedia, such as sound or video presentations, especially during speeches. If you have a job that requires you to travel, it is important for you to know how to use a computer because you likely will need to use a computer to communicate with others from another location.