The Secret is Out Part 5: What Employers Look for – Digital Technology

This is part of a series of blogs: #5 of 8! If you missed the first ones, you can read them here.

Onto the next secret of what employers are looking: Digital Technology. According to NACE, it’s the ability to “leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.” In other words, employers need people who know and understand various technologies – current and emerging – related to the profession. Are you this person?

As usual, here is a very good example, this time from one of my Computer Science students:

“In my job as a student worker, one of my assignments was to create flyers for upcoming events for the department. My manager was using Microsoft Word to create them and would print them out on neon paper. Instead of doing the same, I decided to create a flyer using Canva and sent it to her for review. She was so excited with how great it looked, she started referring to me as the graphic designer on the team! I am not of course but I had heard about this tool so decided to explore it to create something new for the team. Turns out it was just what they needed.”

So…. Can you come up with 1-2 examples of when you have shown the digital technology competency? It doesn’t have to be complicated or long, just like my student above. Jot them down so you start getting your personal ‘cheat sheet’ ready for an interview. You will be so happy you did – you will want to get a question on this to show off your skills!

Stay tuned for my next blog, What Employers Look for (secret 6 of 8)

Sources: http://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/career-readiness-defined/

By Mariana Ayerbe
Mariana Ayerbe Associate Director of Career and Professional Development, Manhattan Campus Mariana Ayerbe