Definitions of what Excel tasks are considered “basic”, “advanced”, “intermediate” and in between can vary from company to company or industry to industry. An accounting firm, for example, may consider specific accounting functions, VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH “basic” tools for the job while an HR department might consider these unnecessary but require knowledge of Power Query and advanced conditional formatting.
Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used applications in the business world. It is an essential tool for organizing and analyzing data, and being proficient in its use is a necessary skill for many jobs.
If you are looking for a job, or hoping to move to a better one, you’re probably doing all the right things: Networking, updating your social presence on LinkedIn, honing your resume. But are you also improving your skills? And in particular, are your Excel skills where they need to be?