In today’s technologically oriented economy, it’s no surprise that employees with strong computer skills fare better in the job market than their tech challenged counterparts. This trend influences hiring for virtually all jobs, not just technology-centered positions.

What Skills Do You Need?

If you are in the market for a new job or formulating your professional development plan to position yourself for future career growth, then you should assess the technology preferences of employers in your field.

Review job postings for your target position on major job sites like and niche job sites for your industry. Make a list of the tech related qualifications that are cited most often. Also review workshop and seminar topics offered through your professional association to identify cutting edge skills.

Consult colleagues in your field and ask them which skills are the most highly valued in their environment. Check LinkedIn to see what skills your connections in similar jobs have on their profiles. Review this list of the top skills to list on LinkedIn and the top computer skills employers look for for more ideas of the top skills employers look for

Upgrade Your Skills

If your skills need refreshing or you need to acquire a new skillset, there are many free courses online you can take to upgrade your skills. Be sure to include all the new skills you learn on your resume.

Computer Skills That Will Help You Get Hired

Here are some computer skills that are prized by employers in a wide variety of sectors.

Microsoft Office

Virtually all workers have some familiarity with Microsoft Word. However, individuals who can carry out mail merges, modify macro scripts, format documents expertly, and execute other complex functions are most highly recruited.


Facility with spreadsheet programs, especially Microsoft Excel, is referenced in many job announcements. Candidates who can create complex macros to organize spreadsheet information are in particularly high demand.


A solid grasp of PowerPoint for workers who wish to conduct dynamic presentations or prepare materials for bosses and colleagues is essential. Job candidates who can show employers some attractive examples of presentation slides will often have a leg up in the hiring process.

Microsoft Access

Job seekers who can organize and manipulate data through programs like Microsoft Access have an advantage in today’s information-intensive economy.


We all use email as part of our personal and professional lives, but those individuals who can perform advanced functions with email programs like Microsoft Outlook can increase office productivity.

Web and Social Skills

Most organizations are looking to enhance their footprint on the web and within social media. Workers who can maintain and upgrade websites using tools like content management systems, HTML, Dreamweaver, WordPress and Java are very attractive to employers. Candidates who understand how to leverage social media to convey messages about their organization are in high demand.

Graphic and Writing Skills

Knowledge of Photoshop and graphics programs like InDesign and Illustrator enable employees to optimize the look and feel of websites and other communications. Writing skills are also important for many different jobs.

Enterprise Systems

Most larger employers utilize enterprise systems like Oracle and PeopleSoft as platforms for their operations. Mastering applications within these systems can enhance your appeal to these types of organizations.

Given the need for ICT skilled personnel under the prevailing 21 century globalised economy and the fact that most of target youth groups are from low income/dilapidated families it has come to be apparent that MDI  should intervene so as rescue this vulnerable group in our society.

Our aim is to provide youth with affordable access to knowledge, information, technology, market, interaction, expression of views as well as networking through in schools and out of school Youth Telecenters.

Our Strategy:

To establish in school telecenters (School Net solutions) as well as out of school Youth Telecenters to enable affordable access to ICT equipment and services. Second strategy is to link with both local and international like minded institutions to facilitate implementation of Youth Telecenters Project.

Progress Made:

We are already have building were we can install computers to be used for training youths from helpless families. Our building are at Nyasaka Centre – Nyamuge street; Ilemela district – Mwanza region, Tanzania.

Mwasenda Development Intervention  is in contact with donors  to enable availability of cheap refurbished computers   for the establishment of Youth Telecenters.

As a non governmental organization; we  have developed user manuals to enable:

  • Smooth undertaking of basic computer training in school and out of school Youth Telecenters.

  • Advanced training on computer applications, software and hardware support services.

MDI  is seeking local and international like minded partners to facilitate availability of affordable computers for youth telecenters in Mwanza – Ilemela district  and Nzega at Nkinga Hospital.

We are also welcoming volunteers  from all over the world to work with us.

B. I. Kahuta

Executive Secretary – MDI.

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  1. It is a good idea to reduce unemployment to our country and to let youth participate directly to the today economy
    So it is a good idea if can be implanted fully as you proposed.
    I beg the community and private individual to support this project because it is more helpful than others.

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