When I began my career as an administrative professional, the technology I used was simple—a typewriter. The recognized certification at that time was a typing certificate. I remember working with college faculty to obtain a typing certificate to verify my speed and errors on a 5-minute timed writing, which I later used as evidence to demonstrate to a potential employer my typing speed.
With the advances in technology, administrative professionals in today’s workforce need to become more technology savvy. While my typing skills are still relevant as I key text on a keyboard, administrative professionals are using software programs today such as: Microsoft Office, Adobe, QuarkXPress, Visio, WordPerfect, QuickBooks, WordPress, Google Docs, FileMaker Pro, and more.
Who is the technology expert in your office?
I recently had the opportunity to ask 75-100 administrative professionals “how many of you have studied and taken courses to learn the computer software programs and the terminology associated with the programs that you are using each day?” I was shocked by the response as only a few hands were raised. If we are not the technology experts in the office, who is?
In another recent conversation with individuals who support Information Technology (IT) Departments, one IT staff person said, “just because I know how to load and update software does not mean I know how to use it.” Yikes!
Today, I would like to invite you to study for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam so that you can receive a credential that is recognized globally to individuals who are seeking to validate their knowledge and skills related to Microsoft Office applications. The MOS certification is an excellent credential to have because once achieved you can:
- Demonstrate to current and future employers that your technology skills are up-to-date.
- Provide evidence that you are proficient in a specific software.
- Show your commitment to your career.
- Remain competitive when looking for new employment opportunities.
- Potentially boost your earning potential.
- Differentiate yourself from other job candidates.
- List the certification on your resume and LinkedIn profile.
For years, I have held MOS certifications in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. I choose to prepare, study, and take the exams every couple of years to keep my technology skills current and relevant to the advances in technology. These certifications are listed on my resume and within my LinkedIn profile.
Does my employer require these certifications? No. These are professional accomplishments that I require of myself so I can be the most productive, confident, technology savvy administrative professional that I can be.
Each year I set milestones that I want to achieve to help me reach my greatest potential as an administrative professional. There is lots to learn in our profession. I know I cannot learn it all overnight. However, I can create short and long-term goals to help me reach my greatest potential as an administrative professional.