The accuracy and speed of your typing is an excellent and desirable skill that employers look for.
While many people have done basic typing at school, or simply typed a lot in everyday life, producing documents and emails with accuracy and correct grammar in a timely manner is a bit more of a challenge. Luckily, there are some fantastic online tools that offer lessons to improve your typing skills.
Typing Club offers a well-designed, easy-to-understand set of classes that start with focusing on your proper hand placement on the keyboard, then move to increasing your dexterity. Classes are fairly short and rewarding, resulting in a video game feel that allows you to achieve lots of goals and notice real results very quickly. At the end of every class you’re ranked with WPM (words per minute) and an accuracy percentage. Your goal should be to have both a high accuracy and decent WPM. Once you’re confident and getting consistent results, these numbers are something that you can proudly place on your resume.
Typing.com is similar to Typing Club and utilises the same classes-based approach. Typing.com introduces the use of other keys, like the spacebar and shift key, earlier in the classes than Typing Club, but uses the same interactive display and rewarding system, with short classes and accuracy and words per minute achievements at the end of every class. Typing.com is also focused on touch typing (typing without looking at the keyboard), so the classes often try to distract you with moving images to keep your eyes on the screen and away from the keyboard. They also offer beginner, intermediate and expert classes, along with a practice mode.
Kebr.com is more advanced than the previous two, so we recommend attempting this one after Typing Club or Typing.com. Kebr.com focuses on touch typing, but instead of starting with the basics of hand placement it uses combinations of particular letters to randomly generate a series of words for you to type. These sentences change quickly and the words won’t always be actual words, so you’re forced to properly read what you’re typing and keep your eyes on the screen to better your hand-eye coordination. Similarly your accuracy and words per minute will be rated, but it also displays problem areas by letter. For example, you could have an issue with words that use the combination of the letters S and T, and you’ll be able to practice more of these words to cleverly work through any weaknesses.
Get the skills to get a job
As a jobactive provider, MTC Australia’s aim is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to make you the best possible candidate for employers. Building these skills will lead to more interviews and opportunities to get, and keep, a job.
We can help improve your typing and computer literacy, interview skills, and language assistance, along with a wide range of industry specific tutoring. Get in touch with us today on 1300 BECOME (1300 232 663) and start your journey towards employment.