Every company is looking for employees that know something about everything, especially with technology. So it’s best to start early, while you are still educating yourself. Here are five basic and useful programs that companies are often looking for in an employee.
1) Adobe Premiere
When you have a starting position, or do-it-all internship, it is likely that video editing will be on the list of skills you need to have. Although the interfaces might be different from program to program, the basics and the skills are the same. Most companies use Final Cut, but Adobe offers more useful software programs and they can be purchased together as a package with Premiere.
2) Adobe Photoshop
Today Photoshop is an industry standard, not just a useful tool to know how to work with. What’s more, a lot of universities have computer labs that have Photoshop on every computer. Since it’s mostly free for almost all college students, it would be beneficial to learn how to use it. It’s all about taking advantage and initiative for your future. If you are a major in Photography or Photojournalism, than it should be like your second language. Other fields of studies that use Photoshop are Art, Design, and Cosmetology. But even if you aren’t studying to be a photographer or a designer, it’s still useful to know your way around Photoshop, and it would look good on your resume.
If you are looking for an administrative position after your studies Excel is a must-know. Although it is not so insisted upon during your education, and perhaps you’ve only heard of Excel, if you are looking for a decent paying job, chances are 80% of your day will revolve around Excel files and reading and creating tables. If you are a major in Accounting, Economics, and Finance, then you have probably already used this program at some point. Excel spreadsheets are easy to read, Excel does the entire math for you, and it’s really easy to work with.
WordPress has become extremely popular, and today most new websites use it, as well as blogs. There are other useful content management systems, but this one is widely used, and it’s easy to learn. Even start-up jobs and internships might require you to know how to work with WordPress. If you are applying for a job that uses different content management system, such as Drupal, Joomla, or Weebly, which are a bit different, most of the features are similar, so the experience will come in handy.
If you are looking for a job that requires editing of plain text files, Notepad++ should be your first choice to work with. This is a free source code editor, and has a lot of features. Since it is a bit difficult to get to know all of it at first, your chances on landing the job you applied for will rise if you know your way around Note++. It’s a great choice because it has support for frequent programming languages. Any major that has to do with web-based technology is already familiar with the software. But if you are only starting, start from TextPad, or TexWrangler for the basics.Read More »