Microsoft Office skills are no rocket science, but curating them with intent could actually be your winning strategy.
Listing them on your resume could help you:
highlight your aptitude for analyzing and systematizing data,
communicating ideas in a creative manner,
and so forth.
It goes without saying that the Microsoft Office (MSO) package includes the tools generating the bread and butter of any modern-day business.
And with HR's schedules being as busy as ever, training new staff on how to use Microsoft Office isn't on anyone's agenda.
But have you ever thought about how you'd actually list your expertise in Word or Excel without sounding like Captain Obvious?
Read on to find out how to turn the #1 essential office skill set into an opportunity to showcase that you are the perfect candidate for the job.
What are Microsoft Office Skills and why are they wanted on your resume
What are the three most common things you'd find in any office?
Desks, computers, and Microsoft Office products. That's why it's important to show that you can use them (referring to Microsoft Office - the other 2 are pretty obvious).
The MSO includes:
Microsoft Word - to create editable text files and reports with different proofreading and language tools.
Microsoft Excel - an editable spreadsheet, used to systematize data sets with formulas, pivot tables, macros, graphs, etc.
Microsoft PowerPoints - to organize your creative ideas within a presentation, while keeping audiences engaged.
Microsoft Access - managing and storing your business-crucial information database.
Microsoft OneNote - digital space to share information with your colleagues.
Microsoft Publisher - to create customizable templates for marketing and advertising materials (e.g. flyers, newsletters, brochures, etc.).
Microsoft Outlook - an email platform, used also to schedule meetings.
Microsoft Skype - space for virtual calls between colleagues and/or clients.
The Microsoft Office skill set includes an understanding of these 8 products.
It's often that we see two main mistakes professionals tend to make when listing them.
The first is that they completely forget to include their MSO skills; even though the job advert explicitly requires them.
When Applicant Tracker Systems sifts through their documents and doesn't allocate these "vital, missing skills", the candidate's whole application could be marked as 'unsuitable'.
The second case we see is: resumes with "MSO skill set is good", where the candidate hasn't put any actual thought into why they included this phrase. They think of MSO skills as just another tick box off their checklist.
If your resume is written like one of the examples above, don't worry - this is a very common mistake.
That's why we're here to help you with…
Examples of Microsoft Office Skills for your resume
Knowing how to use Microsoft Office products pinpoints to a multitude of skills within your resume, but the most common being:
- Analytical & data-focused: at the heart of it all, the Microsoft Office package allows you to sort complex data - whether in Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, etc. Demonstrating this skill set would showcase your ability to manage data and make it understandable - for yourself, your colleagues, or clients.
- Creativity within visual: the ability to take numbers or words and illustrate them with stories, charts, and videos. Microsoft Office allows you to show a special sort of creativity within data management and presentation.
- Organizational skills: the Microsoft Office package allows you to have a more integrated approach towards your tasks and time management. Its full potential is to help keep all of your important files stored and sorted within your very own system - so that you can easily retrieve the latest stats for this morning's client pitch.