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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

30 Incredible Things Your iPhone Can Do

30 Incredible Things Your iPhone Can Do

Despite the fact that millions own an iPhone, many are unaware of some of the more amazing features hidden away in this little device. Here are a few of them! While you might know about a handful of these, several should surprise you…

1.  It tracks every location you’ve been to.

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    That’s right. Your iPhone has tracked every location you’ve been at since you activated it. To see how creepy your iPhone is, go to settings, privacy, location services, system services, and check out the “frequent locations” option. It can be quite eye opening to see a complete history of everywhere you’ve been…

    2. Its performance is more customizable than you think.

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      Have an iPhone 4S and sick of all the stutters caused by iOS7? Go to settings, general, accessibility, and turn on the “reduce transparency” option located under “increase contrast.” Also, turn off “reduce motion.” Now, your iPhone should run about as well as it did under iOS6, with all of the software upgrades of 7!

      3. It can work without a power button.

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        Go to settings, general, accessibility, and turn on “AssistiveTouch” if your power button ever breaks. It’ll project a small icon onto the screen that’ll allow you to lock your phone without the need of a physical button! You can also turn your phone off using this as well. Don’t worry, even without a power button your phone will automatically turn on when you plug it in.

         4. You can set your phone to perform certain actions when triple clicking the home button.

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          Within the aforementioned accessibility settings, there’s an option at the very bottom of the page called “Accessibility Shortcut.” From there, you can program your home button to activate zoom, assisted touch, voice over controls, and other features with a triple click.

          5. You can close more than one app at a time!

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            When I upgraded to iOS7, I found the app-closing procedure to be an annoying and time consuming process. No longer! Turns out you can close multiple apps at a time by swiping up with two or three fingers.

            6. It can replace your leveling tool.

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              Ever wish you had a level around to get those perfectly straight edges you’ve always dreamed of? Well wish no more! Your iPhone’s compass has a hidden level (ha, get it?) that you can activate by swiping to the left.

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              7. Its battery lasts forever on airplane mode.

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                Airplane mode isn’t just for when you’re on an airplane! Use it when you need to save battery, and you’ll get a lot more life out of a single charge. Using airplane mode also allows your phone to charge faster.

                8. Its performance improves when you clean its hard drive.

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                  Always try to leave at least two gigabytes free on your iPhone. Anything less and it will start to slow down considerably.

                   9. Siri can learn!

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                    I had a friend who once told me Siri knows too much for her own good. Well, turns out you have the ability to teach her even more. If she ever mispronounces a word, tell her, and she’ll give you several alternate pronunciations.

                     10. It tracks popular apps near your location.

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                      There’s a little innocuous option located at the bottom of the app store called “Near Me” that’ll literally show you the most popular apps in your immediate area. Usually these will include local news apps or bus schedule apps for the town you’re in. Useful if you are in a new area!

                       11. It automatically updates apps.

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                        This is a useful feature that arrived with iOS7. Unlike previous iterations of the software, your iPhone now downloads updates whenever they’re available. That being said, this eats up performance and battery, so if you’d like to shut it down, go to settings, iTunes & App Store, and turn off “updates,” located under “automatic downloads.”

                        12. It changes the contrast of background images to make text more visible.

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                          Afraid that the background image you want to use is too bright, thus making text too hard to read? Fear no longer. With the latest iOS update, your iPhone will automatically adjust the contrast of such images so that you can still see the clock on the lock screen and the text below your apps.

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                          13. It allows you to take a picture using its volume buttons!

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                            I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen fellow iPhone owners try and hit that white circle on the screen to take a picture instead of the much more easily accessible volume buttons. Now you can be cool and start using your iPhone as if it were an actual camera too!

                             14. It can tell you exactly when you received a text message.

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                              I was annoyed with the messaging app on the iPhone initially, because I thought it didn’t let you see what time texts arrived. This is a useful feature, mainly because it’s nice to know how long ago somebody sent you a message. Luckily for all of us, the iPhone does have this feature. To access it, simply swipe to the left in any text conversation you have. You’ll then be able to see the exact time that texts were sent and delivered.

                              15. It can change Siri’s gender.

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                                Tired of the same old Siri? Go to settings, general, Siri, and scroll down to “voice gender.” Here you can give Siri a male voice.

                                 16. Spotlight search is actually…useful?

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                                  I never see anybody use spotlight search for anything, but in reality it’s quite a useful feature. Just swipe down on your homescreen to access it, and type in whatever you need. It’s more efficient to search for contacts or a certain song here than it is to open up individual apps and scroll through a hundred names or titles.

                                   17. It has caps-lock functionality.

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                                    Tired of pressing shift before every letter you want to capitalize? I used to be, too. That was before I figured out that, by simply double-tapping the shift key, it morphs into a caps-lock key. Then, everything you write after comes out capitalized. Perfect for when you’re angry or want to add emphasis to something.

                                     18.  You can permanently lock your iPhone’s autofocus and exposure.

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                                      It’s super annoying when you’re trying to take a picture with your phone and it constantly readjusts its focus. To stop that insanity from occurring, simply hold your finger on the screen in the location you want to focus on (instead of tapping it). Wait for the yellow square to flash twice, and you’ll see a notification pop up that says “AE/AF lock.” Now you can take pictures without your focus and exposure constantly jumping around!

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                                       19. It has a built in back button.

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                                        Unlike a lot of android phones, the iPhone has no dedicated back button. To essentially achieve the same effect, however, just swipe your finger from the left edge of your screen to the right. It’ll take you back to the page you were previously on.

                                         20. It can give each of your friends a custom vibration.

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                                          Tired of the standard vibration notification for text messages? To add a little spice to your texting life, go to contacts, find someone, and hit edit in the top right corner. Then go down to vibration, tap default, and scroll down to “Create New Vibration.” There you can craft a unique buzz for each of your coolest friends!

                                           21. It can regulate your data usage.

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                                            Nowadays data’s a precious resource (since cell companies hate the idea of unlimited anything). If you have an app that’s chewing up a considerable amount of your monthly allotment, go to settings, cellular, and check out the list entitled “use cellular data for.” There you can turn off data for certain apps. Once you do that, they’ll only update over Wi-Fi.

                                             22. You can program it to turn on “Do Not Disturb” during certain hours of the day.

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                                              You probably knew about your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb setting, found in the control panel. However, what you can also do is customize it so that it turns on during specific portions of the day. Go to settings, Do Not Disturb, and check the “scheduled” option. This will allow your phone to automatically turn DND on from say 12:00AM to 8:00AM so that you aren’t bothered with anything while you sleep.

                                               23. It can appease your impeccable grammar standards.

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                                                Ever wanted to use one of those fancy em or en dashes while texting somebody? Well, you can. All you have to do is hold the dash key, and it will give you those two as an option. Now there’s no excuse to write poorly, even on a phone!

                                                 24. It can take rapid bursts of photos.

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                                                  Ever see something amazing, whip out your phone to take a shot, and come away disappointed with the result? Lower the chances of that by taking multiple shots at a time. To do this, just hold the camera button. This feature works best on the 5S due to its blazing processor, though you can still use this feature (at a slower pace) on the 4S (I’ve tested it).

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                                                   25. It refreshes all of your apps in the background.

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                                                    Otherwise known as “background app refresh,” this feature allows all of your apps to update themselves when you aren’t using them. In other words, a news app will pull in updated articles even when you aren’t actually using the app. While it can be a nifty feature, it also uses up battery and processor power, so if you want it off just go to settings, general, background app refresh, and swipe it off there.

                                                     26. It can tell if any planes are flying above you.

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                                                      Although you can’t always see them, there’s always a bunch of planes flying right above your head at any given moment. Just ask Siri “planes overhead,” and he or she will give you a little table with all of the planes in the air roughly above your current location.

                                                       27.  It can read your e-mail for you.

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                                                        Siri is more useful than most give her (it?) credit for. One of the other things she can do is read your e-mail, which can be a godsend if you’re driving or otherwise occupied. Just ask something like “read my latest e-mail.” You can even ask if you’ve received a message from a specific person, and Siri will check and read them aloud if you did.

                                                        28. It can delete your mistakes with a simple shake.

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                                                          Make a typo? Apply the wrong filter to a photo? Just shake your phone, and much like an etch-a-sketch, or control-Z on a PC, it’ll erase the last thing you did.

                                                          29. It charges faster if you use a power adapter supposedly meant for the iPad.

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                                                            The iPad’s power adapter is rated at 12W as opposed to the iPhone’s 5W, thus your phone will charge faster with the former rather than the latter.

                                                             30. It can show you your e-mail drafts.

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                                                              I always wondered why my iPhone never let me review my e-mail drafts. Turns out that it does, only it’s tucked away in an arcane way, meaning that most won’t find it on their own. Basically, all you do is go to your inbox and hold the new message button down (it’s located in the bottom right corner). Instead of taking you to a page where you can write a new e-mail, it’ll show you a list of your drafts, which can be incredibly useful if you were crafting a nice message and your e-mail app suddenly crashed or your phone lost power, etc.

                                                              Which of these did you find to be the most surprising? Know about any other incredible things iPhones can do? Let me know in the comments below!

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                                                              Published on November 9, 2018

                                                              How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                              How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                              Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                                              Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                                              So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                                              6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                                              When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                                              1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                                              Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                                              To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                                              In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                                              • Microsoft Excel
                                                              • Microsoft Access
                                                              • Statistics
                                                              • Data Analytics
                                                              • Adobe Campaign
                                                              • Quickbooks
                                                              • XML Database management system
                                                              • Filemaker Pro
                                                              • MATLAB
                                                              • Hive
                                                              • FORTRAN
                                                              • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                                              • SAS

                                                              2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                                              Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                                              Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                                              • Content Management System (CMS)
                                                              • Google Analytics
                                                              • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                                              • Email Marketing
                                                              • Web Page Design
                                                              • WordPress
                                                              • Digital Media
                                                              • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                                              • Campaign Management Software

                                                              3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                                              A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                                              • Adobe Photoshop
                                                              • Adobe InDesign
                                                              • Adobe Illustrator
                                                              • AutoCAD
                                                              • CorelDRAW
                                                              • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                                              • Maya
                                                              • Microsoft Word
                                                              • Microsoft Publisher
                                                              • Operating Digital Cameras

                                                              4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                                              The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                                              To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                                              • HTML
                                                              • C/C++
                                                              • Java
                                                              • Python
                                                              • XML
                                                              • UI/UX
                                                              • LINUX
                                                              • CISC and RISC architecture
                                                              • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                                              • Memory Management
                                                              • PCB Layout
                                                              • SQL

                                                              5. IT Troubleshooting

                                                              Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                                              So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                                              • Backup management
                                                              • Diagnostics
                                                              • End User support
                                                              • Client-Server management
                                                              • Installation and configuration
                                                              • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                                              • System administration
                                                              • Tech support

                                                              6. Enterprise Systems

                                                              Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                                              Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                                              The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                                              Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                                              Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                                              Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                                              1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                                              a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                                              Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                                              Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                                              b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                                              This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                                              c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                                              Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                                              Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                                              2. Rule the Social Media World

                                                              a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                                              Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                                              From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                                              b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                                              This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                                              c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                                              Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                                              Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                                              3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                                              a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                                              From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                                              b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                                              Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                                              The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                                              c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                                              The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                                              4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                                              a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                                              It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                                              From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                                              b. Canva Design School

                                                              From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                                              c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                                              62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                                              d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                                              The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                                              Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                                              5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                                              a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                                              IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                                              It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                                              b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                                              The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                                              Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                                              The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                                              • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                                              • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                                              • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                                              • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                                              • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                                              • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                                              • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                                              Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                                              Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                                              1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                              It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                                              Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                                              2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                                              Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                                              For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                                              3. Look for Shortcuts

                                                              Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                                              4. Apply for an Internship

                                                              Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                                              By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                                              So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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