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Unread 01-22-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Default What software do i need to know to get a data entry job?

I assume MS excel, word, and outlook. Are those the main ones?
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Unread 01-22-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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MS Access
Other database applications
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Unread 01-22-2010, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Ironically, in all the jobs I've had that required data entry, none of the companies used MS Access. They mostly used proprietary software. PeopleSoft is another very popular web-based application used by companies today.

Definitely familiarize yourself with Excel and Access, though. Even if they don't use those particular programs, the programs that you will use will likely resemble those fairly closely.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Most smaller companies will want you to know Quickbooks. Bigger companies will most likely have industry specific software.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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A lot of data entry jobs want fast 10 key by touch.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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Definitely fast 10-key, Quickbooks, Access, and a very strong knowledge of Excel, including working with .csv files.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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A lot of my friends do data entry for banks, keying checks. I know they are required to have a very fast 10-key. One of my friends told me his job was like an assembly line, everyone at their desk typing away.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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check encoders usually use specific machines, not necessarily software on computers, and yes mostly fast accurate 10 ket as it's mainly numeric. these jobs are being outsourced though with the use of OCR to capture checks at the register, and far less personal checks being used these days, these jobs too will vanish
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Unread 01-24-2010, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Depends on the job and what you will be doing. I am a Marketing VP and Exec Admin and I use: Office, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, Photoshop, Salesforce, Word, and SAP. Used Quickbooks in the past. Take some local classes at your local college...some colleges teach them for free.
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Unread 01-24-2010, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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To be honest, I think the days of basic "data entry" positions are long gone. Most jobs nowadays expect you have more skills than just sitting at a monitor/keyboard "entering data" - so really, learn software that interests you and then part of using that software would BE 'data entry'
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