Getting Back into the Job Market

When the American economy came tumbling down in 2008, it took a lot of good-paying jobs down with it. Across virtually every sector of the American economy workers who thought they were secure in their positions suddenly found themselves beating the streets in search of new employment.

Most of these newly displaced workers went into their job hunts thinking that they would find a new, equivalent position right away. Unfortunately, the Great Recession essentially wiped out entire employment sectors, leaving skilled workers with no place to practice their trades.

Worse yet, many of these workers had been working in manufacturing, construction and service jobs that kept them from building a modern set of tech skills. For these workers finding new employment, or even writing up their own resumes, became a virtual impossibility.

If this situation sounds familiar, you need to start updating your technical skills right away and we’ve got a few tips right here to help get you started.

What Employers are Looking for
If you don’t have a lot of experience using a computer, you’ve probably wondered about exactly which computer skills you need to acquire. After all, there are plenty of software products out there that range from incredibly simple to insanely complex. Fortunately, there are really only a couple that you’ll need to know to get started on your job search.

Even if you haven’t spent much time with computers, you probably know that Microsoft Windows is the standard system found in most workplaces. If you want to start nailing down the basics, you’ll want to learn Microsoft Windows 8. This is the most current version of the software and is quite a bit different than previous versions.

That said, if you can pick up the basics on this system from something like a tutorial for Microsoft Windows 8 from Kalliane, you’ll be able to do everything from write a resume to creating complex business reports.

How to Update Your Skills for Free
Unemployment tends to breed a form of thriftiness that makes paying for computer training seem like a bit of a luxury. Fortunately, there are plenty of online tutorials and traditional books that teach computing basics to beginners.

We also suggest that you head over to your local library to see if they offer computer education courses. You might be surprised to find out that public libraries have taken the lead in helping the newly unemployed get back in the workforce. (Of course these classes are completely free.)

Chances are, few employers are going to ask you to take a test to evaluate your computer skills (though most temporary employment agencies will). What you will find is that faking these skills is next to impossible.

The only way you’ll be able to participate in the new American workplace is by legitimately updating your computer skills.

It’s not easy, but it will definitely pay dividends over time. What’s more, you may find that learning these systems is actually pretty easy. After all, look at the millions of people who use them every day. They can’t all be computer geniuses, can they?

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