In the crowded job market stand out from the crown is not easy. Even if you aren’t looking for a new job, you would probably appreciate to be promoted. We are not talking about how to build up a successful LinkedIn summary or killing cover letter. The skill that is more likely to increase 4 times your salary is to master Microsoft Excel, according to a study conducted by the BPM Partners.
The report found out that 81% of businesses globally use Excel! A survey of several hundred knowledge workers suggests that we usually spend more than 10% of our working lives on spreadsheetis. For those working in research and development or finance, it’s more like 30% or 2.5 hours a day, that's almost as much time as we spend exercising, for example.
Even if you don’t work in the finance or research sector, Excel can be useful and a great time saver and have a great impact on productivity. When you master shortcuts, for example, you can save a massive amount of time to complete daily tasks.
Microsoft Office skills are required in almost all job opportunity’s requirements, doesn’t matter if it is to work in the HR sector, marketing or IT. Ability with Excel are even more valuable in a market that every single advantage count. Despite the evolution and the new features, which are more intuitive, Excel still an App that if you have advanced knowledge you can extract the best result and perform better.
Why not become Microsoft Excel certified?
You can even invest in an official certification to show how you elevated your Excel expertise. On average, Microsoft certified professionals earn 15% more than their uncertified peers. In a study group of 20 IT professionals who were provided with exam vouchers, 18 passed the exam. Five of the 18 have been recognised as leaders in their respective technical areas, and most have received a job promotion or are working on more interesting projects. The study was conducted by the Windows IT Pro.
MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST – EXPERT
The second level is to achieve the expert badge, this step covers Word and Excel, with one more course and exam in each of them, to get the expert title. The image below shows the path that you should follow.
MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST – MASTER
You can check out here our previous blog post explaining how the Microsoft Office Certification works.
As an official Microsoft partner, at New Horizons Ireland we run a wide variety of Excel courses, they are divided into 3 levels according to your needs. They can be done online or in our Dublin classroom led by one of our certified instructors.
We can also customise your Excel training regarding your company’s need and level. Invest in training is a great shortcut to achieve better results in a shorter period.
Click here to see our Dublin Classroom dates.
Complimentary Office Skills Assessment
Looking to find out what level of Excel, Word or PowerPoint you need to enrol in or simply looking to find out your level of expertise in Office? Well click the link below and take the test no, completely obligation free.
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