Lady in the streets, freak in the spreadsheets. 🤓😭
In all seriousness, Excel has become an integral part of most business organizations. If you’re in school, looking for an internship, or are in the interview process, chances are that for majors in tech, business, supply chain, manufacturing, etc., you’re bound to run into the question —
“How proficient are you in Excel?” But not to panic! Here are some tips on how to improve, and some advice on how to go about answering this question no matter your skill level.
1. Be HONEST. If you try to bullshit your way through this question, it’s usually pretty obvious to an employer. If you throw out functions such as “PivotTable and VLOOKUP” you better be familiar with them. You will be respected more if you just tell the truth, and it’s perfectly okay not have the answer. You can teach skill but you can’t teach character.
2. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. Excel is a learning curve. No matter how many Excel classes you take in school, to really become efficient means you have to want to learn. You have to take the initiative. You have to keep practicing! A semester in school or a ‘How To’ video on @youtube is not enough. Quick story: I took Spanish in high school. I went all the way to level 6 senior year! But I’m not fluent by any means. Pre K through 12th grade and I know how to cuss and order beer. I needed to speak and practice daily if I was ever going to learn the language fluently. Same goes for software programs.
3. Leverage your RESOURCES. So often, students don’t realize how many resources are available to them! Many times these resources are not properly marketed, but other times they are just simply overlooked. Which brings me to my final point.
4. Lynda.com powered by @linkedin
is a tool that gives you access to hundreds of courses from web development and Microsoft Office, to photography and design. Most courses include downloadable files so you actually get to practice what you’re learning as opposed to just watching a video. And once you complete a course, you get a certificate that links directly to your LinkedIn account so you can beef up your online presence and start building your credibility.