Technical skills also known as hard skills, are the abilities and knowledge needed to perform specific tasks. They are practical and often relate to mechanical, information technology, mathematical, or scientific tasks. Some examples include knowledge of programming languages, mechanical equipment, or tools.
Examples of Technical Skills
- MS Office. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access, OneNote.
- Email. Filters, folders, mail merge, rules.
- Google Drive. Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides.
- Writing. WordPress, SEO, Yoast, journalism, technical writing, ghostwriting.
- Spreadsheets. Excel, Google Sheets, OpenOffice, comparative analyses, pivot tables, macros, link to database, vertical lookups.
- Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, posts, giveaways, customer interaction.
- Phone skills. Voicemail, forwarding, hold, recording.
- Productivity. Trello, Slack, Asana, Todoist, Zapier, Basecamp.
- Quickbooks. Invoicing, expense tracking, accounts payable, reports, payroll, employee time tracking, cash flow management.
- Graphical. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, FreeHand, Corel Draw.
- Enterprise Systems. Payment Processing, Automated Billing Systems, Customer Relationship Management (CRMs like Oracle Netsuite or Salesforce), Business Continuity Planning, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERPs like SAP, Oracle).
- Math. Basic math, arithmetic, statistics, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus.
- Research. Source checking, intellectual property rights, networking, outreach, advanced Google search.
- Computer Skills. MS Office, Google Drive, spreadsheets, email, PowerPoint, databases, social media, web, enterprise systems.
- Troubleshooting. Assessment, system knowledge, analytical skills, testing, calm mindset, problem-solving, logic, critical thinking skills, collaboration, communication.
- Planning. Analysis, conceptual skills, brainstorming, decision-making, forecasting, logistics, problem-solving skills, cost-assessment, requirements-gathering.
- Project Management Skills. Task management, prioritization, delegation, task separation, scheduling, risk management, Scrum.
- Video Creation. Shooting, framing, writing, editing, compressing, uploading, creating engagement.
- Presenting. Public speaking, PowerPoint, Keynote.
Why are technical skills important?
Technical skills are important because nearly every job relies on different tools, programs and processes. If you have sought-after technical knowledge and skills common in your industry, you’ll be a more competitive candidate. For example, while a welder may have a positive demeanour and excellent customer service skills (these are good examples of “soft skills”), his or her skilful handling of a torch will be crucial to their technical and practical success.