Friday, January 15, 2010

Job Seekers Check Out Microsoft’s Elevate America

There is no doubt that technology is changing the way we live and work. As a means of providing the opportunity for individuals to thrive in today's technology-driven environment, Microsoft launched the Elevate America initiative back in 2009. Through partnerships with a designated agency in each state, Microsoft offers free and low-cost training to help people expand and enhance their technology skill sets. Microsoft’s programs are tailored to meet the needs of four distinct groups: 1) students, 2) entrepreneurs, 3) technology professionals, and 4) individuals new to technology. As for job seekers, it is extremely important to sharpen your technology skills and highlight this on your resume and when speaking to prospective employers.

A primary focus of the Elevate America initiative is to help those new to technology become confident, proficient computer users. Through Microsoft’s Digital Learning Curriculum and Unlimited Potential Community Learning Curriculum, individuals can access programs that enable them to develop basic computer skills, including navigating the Internet and using e-mail. These curricula also include courses covering the fundamentals of word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, and web design.

To find out more about Elevate America and to learn about how it is working in your community, click here.

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