What Microsoft Word might be saying about you!

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I have just had the opportunity to be involved in a recruiting process for new trainers for my awesome Chicago client, CTS Training. In reviewing resumes of folks who touted themselves as “experts” in Microsoft Word, among other things, I decided to look “under the covers” to see if they really knew how to use it.

Many job hunters are asked to submit their resumes in Word format, rather than PDF or text. With a simple click on the Show/Hide button, I can see the telltale signs of repeated spaces, where there should be tabs or indents, hard line breaks instead of automatic wrapping and a faux header instead of a real one. Here is one example.


Many of you have chosen careers as administrative professionals. If a position for which you applying calls for proficiency in Word, it’s time to brush up on those skills to make sure you know how to use all the necessary tools in the Microsoft Word tool box. Even consider a beginner or intermediate class to fill in the gaps in your learning. Here is a brief list of skills you might learn in these classes, and will most certainly be expected to know to call yourself proficient.

-    Set margins
-    Indent paragraphs
-    Apply borders and shading
-    Bullets and numbering
-    The Format Painter
-    Templates
-    Mail merge
-    Tables
-    Columns
-    Styles
-    Setting tab stops
-    Inserting page numbers
-    Headers and footers
-    Sections
-    Working with graphics
-    Printing envelopes and labels

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