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Thoughts on including “proficient in Excel” on your resume? My thought is that I would have been fired a long time ago if I wasn’t and given my experience it should be implied. Curious what others think!

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Being proficient in excel is a given these days. Better off mentioning how you used excel to streamline certain tasks during your interview

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Unless you have excel certifications, I’d leave it off. Just like SA1 said, it’s a given these days. Or instead of explicitly listing excel as a “skill”, put examples of your excel proficiency in your job/task descriptions. “Used excel to do xyz in order to achieve xyz”.

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M1 is right, my business school got rid of its Excel class to replace with major courses with Excel, but our accounting tech class focused on database mgmt & analytic software instead.

I only knew excel stuff from working as a junior account full time while in school, not being taught in some schools anymore

I have had better luck with “Excel at Proficiency”

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I include it just in case some algorithm scans resumes first and Excel is a keyword.

Honestly though I know plenty of senior managers and up that aren’t proficient in Excel 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Yes, do it for the algorithm only!

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Only time I’d add something like that is if it’s specifically listed in the job listing as a preference/requirement.

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“Proficient in excel” means stuck in excel.

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I’m guessing it meant not using other tools that may be better for the job.

What skills do y’all put then? Because I only have technical/software proficiency listed on mine, including excel, tableau, after effects, etc

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I still put it on my resumes and still get questions about excel during interviews. I think it’s fine to have it on your resume if you’re a senior or below.

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Proficient is table stakes. If you master excel including macros, lookups, pivot tables - say that. Sell yourself… in an honest way.

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Vlookups are so out dated, sumifs or index match only. Pivot tables are basic. I view proficient in excel as power query and power pivot.

Honestly, I’ve seen several interns come thru this year who are TERRIBLE at excel, straight out of college. I wouldn’t say it’s a given (shockingly!)

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Yep I agree

It may be an unpopular opinion, but I list the functions I use in my skills section... as a hiring manager, I found all "proficient in excel" claims are not created equal... Best to show what you can do versus a blanket statement.

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Maybe word in usage of data reporting or analytics?

I’d still put it honestly, unless you really need the space. I think I have a section called “computer skills” on my resume and list programs and just put “Excel” and keep moving

They are SM’s and up. Are you trying to get there? As a tax partner I’m not proficient in GOSystem tax software.

Might as well throw in “speaks English” while you’re at it

People lie about this too 😒

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