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50 Killer Apps That Greatly Boost Your Quality Of Life

50 Killer Apps That Greatly Boost Your Quality Of Life

Here are 50 great phone apps for all your entertainment, music, news, and lifestyle needs.

News/Finance

1. Flipboard

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    Create your own personalized news source with this app. You can create content and even produce magazines to share with others.

    2. Sky News for iPad

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      See the news as it unfolds. Get links to the latest stories, watch live streams, and more.

      3. BBC News

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        Find out what the latest news with this app. It even supports video content on iPads and iPhones.

        4. The Guardian Eyewitness

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          Check out some of the most amazing images from around the world. Images are updated regularly, and there are always at least 100 images to look at.

          5. QuantShare Trading Software

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            This is the most advanced trading solution, and the most complete. If you want to stay on top of the stock market, you need this app, which includes charting, backtesting, and a whole lot more.

            Cooking/Shopping

            6. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

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              Find a huge selection of recipes, shopping lists, and use customized searches. This is a great app for master and amateur chefs, and everyone in between.

              7. Great British Chefs: Recipes HD

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                Learn how to cook like a Michelin Star chef with this app. You can even book tables at their restaurants.

                8. Google Shopper

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                  This awesome shopping app lets you browse, search barcodes, and more. Find everything you need with this app.

                  9. Snapguide

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                    Find guides on cooking, DIY, and a whole lot more. You can even create your own guides.

                    Entertainment

                    10. Star Walk

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                      Check out the constellations, planets, and stars in real time. Track their movements, alignments, and more.

                      11. Disney Animated

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                        Learn how Disney animation comes to life. Find all kinds of great features, including music and every Disney animated film.

                        12. iPoe 2

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                          Find all of the tales from Edgar Allan Poe in one interactive collection. Tales are also illustrated.

                          13. Netflix

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                            Watch all your favorite TV shows and movies, for $7.99 per month. New titles are added regularly.

                            14. Sky Go

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                              Watch live sports, as well as movies, any place, and at any time. Never miss a game or one of your favorite programs again.

                              Photo/Video

                              15. Action Movie FX

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                                Use special effects to make your videos amazing. You can use sea monsters, tornadoes, air strikes, and all kinds of other effects.

                                16. Mextures

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                                  This is an advanced photo editing app with more than 80 textures. You can use blend modes, and create some really cool effects.

                                  17. iMovie

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                                    Make your own movies on your iPhone and iPad. This app lets you capture footage, as well as edit and share.

                                    18. Seene

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                                      Create awesome 3D images by panning your smartphone camera in any direction. Share your images with everyone.

                                      Games

                                      19. Year Walk

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                                        Check out the best Swedish myths and mysteries. There is plenty here to keep you interested, and a few scary facts as well.

                                        20. Cut the Rope 2

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                                          This is the sequel to the original game. Meet new characters, visit new locations, and more.

                                          21. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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                                            Get over 70 hours of gameplay in this fast and fun game. New to the game are HD graphics designed for mobile users.

                                            22. Boson X

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                                              This game combines Temple Run and the Large Hadron Collider. You need to think fast to beat this one.

                                              23. Infinity Blade III

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                                                The graphics even look good on the iPad. There are two playable characters, responsive touch controls, and three new playing modes.

                                                Social Media

                                                24. Instagram

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                                                  Share smart photos to followers or to specific users. Use fun effects and frames to make your photos really stand out.

                                                  25. LinkedIn Pulse

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                                                    You can use this app to customize your feeds based on what you like. Sync with your LinkedIn account to get updates from your network.

                                                    26. Snapchat

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                                                      Send photos to friends quickly and easily with this app. Caption images, put in doodles, and more to personalize all of your photos.

                                                      27. Pinterest

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                                                        Collate content, find new interests, and more with Pinterest. You can find just about anything you are interested in, and then some.

                                                        28. WhatsApp Messenger 

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                                                          Send messages, photos, videos, and more to all of your contacts. This app is free for the first year, and only $0.99 per year after that.

                                                          29. Twitter

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                                                            Share your thoughts, images, and videos, follow hashtags, and more. Get push notifications when your Favorites tweet.

                                                            30. Facebook

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                                                              Update your status, share photos, chat with friends, play games, and so much more with Facebook. This is the most popular social media app by far.

                                                              Music/Podcast

                                                              31. Castro: High Fidelity Podcasts

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                                                                Watch podcasts that actually look and sound good with this app. You can play podcasts without having to subscribe right away, and enjoy offline playback.

                                                                32. djay 2

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                                                                  This is an app that is popular with beginner and expert deejays. There are HD waveforms, and advanced tools to help you find your groove.

                                                                  33. Soundwave Music Discovery

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                                                                    This app tracks what you listen to, so you receive only the music you like. You can also follow friends and celebrities, and see who is listening to what.

                                                                    34. Spotify

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                                                                      Create playlists, or use playlists that are already there for you. Find out what is popular now, and download tunes so you can hear them when you are offline.

                                                                      35. Shazam

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                                                                        This app can identify songs after playing for just one second. All you have to do is hold your iPhone up to the music, and the app will search the database.

                                                                        Travel

                                                                        36. GuidePal City Guides

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                                                                          Find maps for 50 major cities all over the world. Find the best restaurants, clubs, shopping, sights to see, and a whole lot more.

                                                                          37. Google Translate

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                                                                            Get translations for 80 languages, both spoken and written. Now you can order food in any language.

                                                                            38. Airbnb

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                                                                              Find just about type of accommodations in more than 34,000 cities, from rooms to rent to sublets and more. You can also list your own place as somewhere for vacationers to stay.

                                                                              39. Google Earth

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                                                                                See anything you want in the world, from tropical islands to your own home. You will find maps that show hiking trails, and there is even a tour guide feature that allows you to take virtual tours.

                                                                                40. TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants

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                                                                                  Search for hotels, flights, restaurants, and attractions. This is a travel companion you should never travel without.

                                                                                  41. AroundMe

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                                                                                    Find any local amenities you need with this app. Whether you need to find a banking machine, or a place to eat, this app will help you find it.

                                                                                    Weather

                                                                                    42. The Weather Channel

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                                                                                      Find detailed maps, video feeds, and much more. The Travel Watch feature lets you see what the weather will be like along your route, so you can plan for alternate routes if necessary.

                                                                                      43. BBC Weather

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                                                                                        This is a great weather app that gives you hourly updates on current weather conditions. You will also find pollen and pollution counts for the UK.

                                                                                        44. Yahoo Weather

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                                                                                          This app uses beautiful images from Flickr to show you what the current weather conditions are in your area. Find weather conditions for any location in seconds.

                                                                                          45. WeatherMob

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                                                                                            You can add your own text, photos, and location to contribute to this app. You can even make your own weather channels so you will only receive the updates you want.

                                                                                            46. Weatherwise

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                                                                                              This app uses fun animations and reactive backgrounds to deliver weather updates throughout the day. Find details about precipitation, humidity, and more.

                                                                                              Education

                                                                                              47. The Elements in Action

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                                                                                                This educational app brings the periodic tables to life with 79 video experiments. This app makes learning fun.

                                                                                                48. Duolingo

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                                                                                                  This is a great app to help students learn different languages. The games make it fun to use, and you can compare scores with friends.

                                                                                                  49. TED

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                                                                                                    Technology, entertainment, science and design. Get free lectures and watch talk-based shows.

                                                                                                    50. DK the Human Body

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                                                                                                      Learn how the body works, with drawings of all of the inner workings. Video content is also available.

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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.

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