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5 Basic tech skills you need to have

In the digital age that we live in, being tech savvy has become mandatory, especially in the workplace. Long gone are the days where having great tech skills were only for IT gurus; these days everyone has to know a few tricks when it comes to technology to ensure your daily work experience is as smooth as can be. Here are 5 basic tech skills you need to make sure you have before we jump into the new year


Spreadsheets may seem really intimidating and boring at first, but it’s also used extensively by almost everyone in so many different ways. Just about every single field out there makes use of some sort of analysis, which makes this is really a useful skill to have

Social Media

Social Media is not only about watching cat videos (which I absolutely love), it could also be really great for your career (read Social Media: How it can be used to advance your career). With Facebook being great for major brands, Twitter becoming a place to reach global audiences, and LinkedIn becoming home to working professionals; social media has become a generational trend. Having the ability to engage with clients and future prospects is vital for everyone. It benefits yourself and the company as whole



In primary school, we learned how to compose a business letter by including the date, a return address, a greeting, and so on. Those rules still serve us well for letters, unfortunately, there are no such guidelines for email. Most organisations use email to communicate, not only with clients, but internally as well. It’s imperative to learn how to communicate efficiently and professionally via email

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can live without knowing any keyboard shortcuts, but they really do save you a lot of time. Shortcuts such as copying, pasting, printing, and window switching can make you a much more productive worker

Back Up

Having a good, solid backup solution is always important. An operating system can be reinstalled and so can applications, but it may be difficult or impossible to recreate your original data. It is essential that you know how to always back up your important information and have a plan for recovering from a system failure

Having a well-rounded set of skills and knowledge will serve you well both personally and professionally. Being tech-savvy will save you time, stress and maybe even your job!