Don't panic. Many companies only use Excel, Outlook, and Word. Besides, you should spend time becoming versed in the latest software used in your field, and include that knowledge on your resume instead. "Each field has its own set of software, and you should stay up to date on how to use them," Wright says. "For example, within accounting, you should know how to use the latest forms of QuickBooks and Sage Peachtree."
Shorthand. Employers seeking court reporters, administrative assistants, and executive secretaries will find this skill useful, and applicants should specify on a resume which method(s) of shorthand they know. But bricklayers, registered nurses, and security guards can stay mum about possessing this talent. The need to use symbols for dictation and transcription has been depleted in the advent of high-tech audio recording equipment and stenotype machines.
Don't Understand Shorthand?
You don't know how to save time when taking notes, but maybe you have great project-management skills. Or perhaps you consistently overperform under deadlines. Emphasizing your time-management skills is always a good idea on a resume, particularly if you can give examples of your achievements.