Learn the Lost Art of Touch Typing

Written by Dick James

Computers have replaced typewriters, but two-finger,hunt-and-peck typing can never replacerepparttar touch typing of a trained professional.

A recent report by Robert Johnson inrepparttar 109383 Boston Globe highlightsrepparttar 109384 decline of typing skills. Human resource managers are finding it surprisingly difficult to recruit candidates withrepparttar 109385 most basic of all office skills. According to Johnson, “the rapid-fire 100-word-per-minute applicant has virtually disappeared. Today, a mere 40 words per minute is enough to gain many administrative jobs.”

Paradoxically, as computers are being used by more and more people, it has become apparent that typing is not just a skill required by typist anymore. Strong typing skills are vital when conducting a thorough web search, entering data into a spreadsheet or using any other computer program. Ubiquitous email means that merely doubling your typing speed could save hours each week! Yet many of us persist withrepparttar 109386 two-finger, hunt-and-peck typing method.

How did we end up in such a mess? When people first begin to use computers, many do not takerepparttar 109387 time to learn how to type correctly. Using keyboard may seem to be simple, when compared with learning complex business software. People do not realize that by learning how to type properly, their use of software will be more effective and their time spent on a computer will be more productive.

Attitudes in school teaching have also had an impact. Typing skills were once taught in most secondary schools. Johnson notes that these low-tech classes consisted of little more than a teacher with a wind-up clock and rows of typewriters. The textbook showedrepparttar 109388 keyboard and specified which fingers should strike various letters and numbers in order to quickly copy business documents such as invoices and memos. But most schools phased-outrepparttar 109389 typing class asrepparttar 109390 demand for broader computer instruction increased.

Of course, many people manage to get by withrepparttar 109391 two-finger, seek-and-tap method. But getting by is all it is. By learning to touch-type, you step into a new realm of computer experience. No longer do you need to fret overrepparttar 109392 physical process of keying in information, whether it is a quick response to an instant message or a 30-page report. Instead, as a touch-typist you are free to concentrate on what you are writing, while your fingers dorepparttar 109393 “thinking” about which keys to hit.

How to Learnrepparttar 109394 Lost Art.

If you are unable to open e-mail account without mistyping your password at least once or you’re stuck at 20 words per minute, there are a several ways to improve. First, check out your current performance by taking a typing test. You will find a free typing test onrepparttar 109395 UK Training News website. If you can manage 90-100 words per minute then relax; otherwise read on.

Why Intern

Written by Sheena Salmon

Why Intern?

The job market is tight andrepparttar fact is we all need to get-in where we can fit-in. Graduates are scrambling to find a job but that is not going to be easy. Employers are expecting more from graduates than they did a couple years ago. One thing that has not changed isrepparttar 109382 employer's desire for experience. One way to get experience is through internships. Internships can be an advantage to you in many ways.

First, an internship will give yourepparttar 109383 experience that so many employers are looking for. Noooo..., you will not get an executives position, but you will be better qualified than some of your fellow recent graduates. You may get real world experience in areas that you are not learning in school. It may be with software that your classes don't cover or methods of solving problems that you didn't previously learn. You actually might get to find out why you need torepparttar 109384 Pythagorean Theorem or maybe not. But you do getrepparttar 109385 experience.

Secondly, an internship isrepparttar 109386 way for you to network and networking is important. Networking allows you to rub shoulders with people that do what you want to do and know those that do what you want to do. Many jobs are often obtained inrepparttar 109387 hidden job market, jobs that are not publicly advertised. Who gets these hidden jobs? Somebody who knows somebody.

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