Top 4 Mistakes Made When Posting Computer Skills On Your Resume

Top 4 Mistakes Made When Posting Computer Skills On Your Resume By Angela Lussier


More and more employers are looking for computer skills as they are offering telecommuting, managing projects through new software, and adding social media to their marketing strategy. So, what do you put on your resume, and what do you leave off? If you want to get your resume noticed, here are the mistakes you want to avoid:

Mistake #1: Posting irrelevant computer skills on your resume

If you are applying for an administrative job, you don’t need to list that you can use digital video editing software. Keep the computer skills section focused on the needs of the job. If they require knowledge of Microsoft Office products, list your experience with each one. Pay attention to the skills they “require” and which ones they “desire”. If MSOffice skills are at the top of the “required” list, you want to elaborate on those skills and your proficiency with each. List the number of years you’ve used the programs and the types of projects you’ve completed with them to paint a clear picture of your experience.

Mistake #2: Lying

Seems obvious, but it happens. I once interviewed a woman who was applying for a customer service job, and she listed on her resume that she could use Excel. The last part of the interview included her doing some data entry on a spreadsheet, and she couldn’t do it. She said she “never learned that part of Excel”. My thought was that data entry is about as basic as it gets with Excel, so she had lied and said she knew the programs just to get the interview. If you are more familiar with one of the programs over the other, just say that. If you are trainable and a good match for the rest of the job, chances are, they will hire you and train you.

Mistake #3: Being vague about what you can do

Listing “Proficient in Photoshop” would lead me to believe you can work with photos and their layers, add text, and manipulate the images. However, you’re interpretation of “proficient” may mean that you can resize and crop photos. In order to avoid confusion and give the necessary information upfront, list out what you can do with the program, especially if using Photoshop is a big part of the job you are applying for.

Mistake #4: Not digging deep enough

If you notice that a lot of the jobs you are applying for are asking you to be able to do more than you currently know how to do, search for places to get additional training. is a good resource to do online tutorials at your own pace, or you can seek out inexpensive training at your local library, community access television station, or computer shop. There are also many freelance graphic designers who may be willing to train you on the pieces you need to learn. You can post an inquiry on

To recap: the keys to posting computer skills on your resume is clarity, listing the skills that are pertinent to the job responsibilities, and being thorough about what you’re capable of doing. Skimping on this information requires the company do more work to find out more, which may lead to them sticking with the people who did take the time to follow these steps. Rather than be weeded out for too little information, do your homework and make the job easier for the company who could be your future employers.

Angela Lussier is an award-winning speaker, author of the Seth Godin recommended book The Anti-Resume Revolution, the alumni career programs coordinator at the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, and career consultant & owner of 365 Degrees Consulting in Springfield, MA. Her advice has been featured on Yahoo!, NBC, ABC, The Ladders, and in many career and business books. Angela is also a guest blogger for A 2003 alumna of UMass Amherst, Angela strives to help professionals and UMass alumni to create success and happiness through their career. To learn more about her approach, go to

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