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Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

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Ways to Develop Technology

  • Take classes where you’ll learn to use different programming languages,  software programs, or social media platforms.
  • Use learning resources outside of the classroom such as the training included with different sites/platforms and the UMD Media Hub.
  • Practice! You get better at different types of technology by using them. 
  • Review the learning outcomes on your syllabi and talk to your faculty about how you are developing this skill in your classes and with which assignments.

Ways to Demonstrate Technology on Your Resume

  • Have a “Computer Skills” or “Technology Skills” section that showcases what software, hardware, languages, operating systems, and social media you know. You’ll have classic things such as Google Workspace or Microsoft Excel. You can also include tech related to your major such as: Visual Basic, SPSS, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Python, Java, ArcGIS, and so much more.
  • Embed technology into the descriptions of your experiences with statements such as: “Used pivot tables in Excel to demonstrate…” or “Designed daily content with Canva for Instagram to promote department events and resources.” 
  • Use action verbs in your descriptions such as coded, programmed, built, designed, optimized, communicated, and analyzed. More action verb options.
  • Resume Resources

Sample Interview Questions to Demonstrate Technology Skills

  • How have you used technology/software programs/social media in your work, volunteer, class, and/or student club experience?
  • How do you keep your technology skills current?
  • What are your favorite and least favorite technology products, and why?
  • Tell me about a time when you improved a process or suggested a change that was implemented. What was the outcome?
  • Tell me about a tech project you’ve worked on in your spare time.
  • How do you go about learning computer software programs and systems that you may be unfamiliar with?
  • For tech-related fields, such as computer science, you may be asked to complete a coding problem (via whiteboard, paper, computer, etc.) to show your thought process and technical knowledge.
  • Interview Resources