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Old 12-27-2018, 04:05 PM
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I am in a job search...preferably part-time but for UI purposes have to pursue full time jobs. I am of retirement age so I am a tad slower on the learning curve for anything, I have found. e.g. About 15 years ago I took a 3-day course in InDesign...I was the oldest there. The 20somethings finished the project and were out the door for lunch. I had to spend most of lunch break on the project...I DID finish, but it just took me longer.

Many jobs I look at want "proficient use of microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint."

I am not "proficient" by their yardstick, I'm sure. I probably am okay in Outlook --use it at home -- but don't do anything fancy in Word other than type text and can boldface or underline...I know virtually no Excel other than the AutoSum key 0r making a column wider...and have never have had to use Powerpoint. though I am told it's not hard to learn?

I HATE learning software but I guess I should put my unemployed time to some use and get better at Office.

So...where is the best use of my time? YouTube videos? Microsoft website? GCLearnFree or whatever that site is... other?

Appreciate any input.
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Old 12-27-2018, 06:17 PM
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When I see "proficient" that is very vague.

For example, to be "proficient" in excel, does that mean you can open, edit and make changes to a spreadsheet? Or do you have to know how to write macros and do vlookups?

To be proficient in Word, does that mean one is able to put together a decent looking paper, or write a properly formatted letter? Or is that about writing macros or other advanced functions?

There are plenty of free courses, you can search for "free microsoft office training online" and find places like https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/subjects/office/
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:37 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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It has everything you need, and then some. All for free.
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Old 12-28-2018, 12:12 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Here there is also a requirement to use Sharepoint, for all employees, and if you HATE learning software, Sharepoint will drive you nuts. What you need and how expert depends on the job. I have 5 people of which only two need to know Excel to the level of macros and pivot tables. I have 3 that require expert skills with Word, including styles, change tracking and forms. They also use Adobe Acrobat. We rarely use Powerpoint and then only for simple presentations. In our accounting department everyone, including Admins must be skilled at using Peoplesoft Financials.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:17 AM
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I did one of those “assessments” on indeed.com. I learned that I “completed” the modules...but I did not earn “familiar” status on Excel. It was an eye opener regarding how much I did not know how to do on Excel. Interesting that I did better on the internet modules...lol! ( mostly guessed on those answers! )
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