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Having a diverse skill set is key to standing out among other applicants in today’s job market. One skill that continues to stand out across various industries is Microsoft Excel proficiency. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, investing your time and effort in improving your Excel skills can really boost your employability and open lots of new doors and opportunities in the future.


Why Excel Skills Matter:

Universal Applicability: Excel is not confined to just one specific industry or job role. From finance and marketing to human resources and operations, proficiency in Excel is a valuable asset that goes way beyond organisational boundaries. By becoming adept at using spreadsheets, you enhance your adaptability and become an asset to any team. It can also be one of the key skills to have if you want to look at freelance/work from home roles.

Time and Resource Efficiency: Excel empowers you to streamline tasks, automate calculations, analyse data quickly and with ease. Being able to create efficient spreadsheets can save time and resources for both you and your employer, showcasing your commitment to productivity and efficiency.

Data Analysis and Visualisation: Employers increasingly rely on data-driven decision-making. Excel equips you with the tools to analyse data, create insightful visualisations, and draw meaningful conclusions. This skill is particularly relevant in a world where businesses are constantly seeking ways to gain a competitive edge through data analytics. You can quickly summarise thousands of rows of data into just a few rows and create/update dashboards for visual effect.

Enhanced Problem-Solving: Excel is a powerful tool for problem-solving. By mastering advanced functions and formulas, (like PivotTables) you can tackle complex challenges and present innovative solutions. Employers value individuals who can approach problems analytically and come up with effective strategies.

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The Excel Skills Employers Seek:


Formula Proficiency: Employers appreciate candidates who can use Excel formulas to perform calculations efficiently. Some of the essential formulas include SUM, VLOOKUP, INDEX-MATCH, and IF statements.

Data Sorting and Filtering: Being able to organise and analyse data is a crucial skill. Employers seek individuals who can quickly sort and filter information to extract relevant insights.

PivotTables and PivotCharts: Mastering PivotTables and PivotCharts allows professionals to summarise and visualise large datasets effectively and quickly, aiding in decision-making processes. They’re great for creating simple dashboards. Read more on them here

Creating Graphs and Charts: The ability to present data visually through graphs and charts is highly valued. It enhances communication and makes complex information more accessible to a wider audience. Some prefer to see numbers, others prefer to see a graph showing increases and decreases.

Data Validation and Conditional Formatting: Employers appreciate individuals who can ensure data accuracy through validation and make spreadsheets visually appealing and easy to interpret with conditional formatting. Conditional formatting can also be used alongside PivotTables to enhance a dashboard view, like with graphs and charts it can help to see arrows pointing in the direction of the data output. You can also use a RAG (Red, Amber, Green) visualisation to highlight where focus needs to be.


How You can Improve Your Excel Skills:

Online Courses and Tutorials: There are many online platforms offering various Excel courses, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Each of them will teach in their own way, you just need to find the way that suits you best. Check out my Excel Zero to Hero course and see what you’ll learn.

Practice Regularly: Excel skills are best developed through consistent practice. Create sample spreadsheets, solve real-world problems, and challenge yourself with more complex tasks. Focus on one kind of formula/function and really get to grips with what it does, using it helps you understand it better. With practice you will become efficient.


Embrace the Excitement of Learning:

Excel is not just a tool; it allows you to unlock your potential in the world of work. Remember, as you start on your learning journey, that every small step you take brings you closer to a future filled with new opportunities, career growth and, potentially, better income.

All you have to do is come at it with a positive mindset and a ‘can do’ attitude – believe in your capability to learn and adapt. You’re never too old! The only person that can make a change in your life is you. 


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