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Stand out from the IT crowd with MOS

Imagine it now… you’re in front of the interview panel and they have asked about your knowledge of Microsoft Office tools. You might seek to assure them, saying “Oh yes… I have great Word and PowerPoint skills, and can analyse data using Excel…”, but how can you actually demonstrate that? Simple. Show prospective employers that you have the key IT skills that they seek by earning Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificates and badges. In a competitive job market, this globally recognised certification, gives a boost to your CV and helps you stand out from the rest.

How the MOS certificates work

You can decide which key Microsoft Office applications you want to be tested on, the level of your qualification and how many exams you want to sit. The options are:

  • Word Associate
  • Excel Associate
  • PowerPoint Associate
  • Outlook Associate
  • Word Expert
  • Excel Expert

Why get the MOS certificates?

You may feel that you are already pretty accomplished with the various Microsoft applications. But having the certificate provides proof of your ability.

The Library’s MOS programme is free to all current students and staff. You can build on your existing knowledge with the online training software which includes practice tests that look exactly like the real exam. Your practice will develop IT skills that will not only benefit your studies, but also your professional life. You’ll be rewarded with a globally recognised IT qualification that will help boost your standing in the job market.

But don’t just take our word for it…

“I really want to share my positive experience with other students as MOS helped me in formatting my dissertation work with Word… I used my new PowerPoint skills for my dissertation presentation which impressed the assessment panel… and I applied Excel’s data analysis features for my research project and completed my work in a few days rather than a few weeks!”

Fatima Almaarofi, Postgraduate in Science, Engineering and Environment

“I decided to take the MOS Word exam to enhance my CV and improve the quality and presentation of my digital work. The learning process was so easy, accessible and actually really enjoyable! I will definitely be working towards doing more exams soon.”

Jade Fearnley, Undergraduate, Salford Business School

Need to increase your Microsoft Office skills first?

LinkedIn Learning courses are a great way of strengthening your Microsoft Office skills in preparation for MOS exams. Amongst its huge range of business, creative and technical courses, LinkedIn Learning offers ‘Essential Training’ courses for Microsoft Office applications, and even MOS preparation courses, so that you become exam-ready in no time!

If you are a first time user of LinkedIn Learning, remember to first watch our How to access LinkedIn Learning at the University of Salford video.

What’s next?

MOS certification can cost £100 per exam in the private sector but, as a current student, you can get it for free… Exams take place on campus and from home, so it has never been easier! For information about the programme, including how to join and to book an online exam place, visit Microsoft Office Specialist.

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