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Basic Computer Training for

Tupelo Job Seekers

Basic Computer Training for Tupelo
Job Seekers

 Mayor Jack Reed’s Vision is a good job for every

person in Tupelo who wants to work
 A team of VOLUNTEERS has been identifying
ways to help
 We can’t put a person in a job, but we can train
them to be better able to find a job themselves
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 Most employers today ONLY process applicants
via on-line applications
 This allows them to store, search, and contact
prospective employees in a much easier way
then through hard copy applications
 But local employers have indicated that many
area applicants are not comfortable applying on-
line; they don’t have basic computer skills
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So today’s session is designed as basic
training to help you use computers, email,
and on-line applications and job boards to
help you find a job
Basic Computer Training for Tupelo
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 Basic Computer Terms and Definitions

 How to set-up a free email account

 Creating a Resume

 Saving your documents

 Accessing on-line applications and job

Table of Contents
 What is a Computer
 Computer Hardware
 Computer Software
 Computer Input Devices
 Computer Output Devices
 Basic Computer Terms and Definitions
Computers Have Two Main Parts

1. Computer Hardware

2. Computer Software
What is Computer Hardware?
 Computer Hardware is the
physical part of the computer
system, the machinery and
 Parts of the computer “you can

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Examples of Computer Hardware
Monitor: T.V. like screen used to show pictures and

CPU: Central Processing Unit this is where most of

the computer’s calculations take place. In terms of
computing power, the CPU is the most important
element of a computing system.

Keyboard: This device is used to type

information into the computer and contains the
numbers 0-9.

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Mouse: a small device, which you move across the top of
the desk to move the pointer or cursor on the screen.

Printer: used to make a paper copy of the information

into the computer.

Image Scanner: an electronic device that generates a

digital representation of an image for data input to a

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What is Computer Software?
 Computer Software are programs that tell the
computer what to do.
 Microsoft Word-word processing program
 Microsoft PowerPoint-presentation program
 Microsoft Excel-work book program used to
track, calculate, and analyze numeric data

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Computer Input Devices
 Computer Devices that input information in the

 Key Board
 Mouse
 Scanner
 Digital Camera

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Computer Output Devices
 Computer Devices that output information
from the computer.

 Monitor
 Printer

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Basic Computer Terms and Definitions
CPU: This computer component has several names: Central Processing Unit,
microprocessor or processor. This unit is the brain of the computer processes and
executes instructions in a software program. The CPU’s primary functions include
retrieving instructions from the computer’s memory, including random access
memory, comprehending and executing instructions, and directing the input and
output activity of the computer.

Desktop: The first screen that you see when any Windows operating system screen is
up and running. One of the main purposes of the Desktop is to make it easier to
access different application programs, files and documents.

File: Unit for storing information that may include a word-processing document, a
spreadsheet, a picture, a graphic, musical piece, or even part of an application
program. Examples of "files" include text files which could be a letter or report and
graphic files which could be a picture. Each file has a name because the data or
information created in a software program is saved with a file name.

Folder: Method for organizing files that is related by topic, by purpose, by type, by
program, or even by a project that you are working on. NOTE: When an application
program is loaded onto your computer, it will group similar applications in a folder.
As you add or create files, you can organize them however you want.
Hyperlink: Allows you to move from one web page document to another. It
can be text which is usually underlined or a graphic. When you move your
mouse over a hyperlink, the mouse cursor usually becomes a hand which
indicates a hyperlink is present. Once you click on the link, you move to
another web page document or to another place on the same web page.

Icon: A small picture that represents processing options such as programs,

documents, and shortcuts. When you click on the icon, the file or program
will open. The most easily recognized icon is the Recycle Bin which is the
graphic below.

Internet: A world wide network that connects millions of computers to share

and exchange data, news, opinions, and research results. The Internet is
not the same as the World Wide Web (WWW). The World Wide Web is a
service that is provided on the Internet.
Hard Copy: Usually refers to a printout on paper.

Hard Drive: The purpose of the hard drive is to store information. This device that
allows the computer to permanently retain and store data like the operating system,
programs and information data. The hard drive holds more data than a diskette and
accesses information faster than on diskettes. Storage refers to the capability of
storing things, and as for the computer, it is information
Menu: List of options that may be commands or other
options from which you can choose from. The
following illustration is the File Menu Bar command
menu list.

Mouse: Besides a keyboard, a mouse is the most

common input device for a computer. The mouse is a
small, palm-sized input device that you move across a
flat surface, such as a desktop, to control the
movement of the pointer on the screen. Technically,
there are many operations that are much easier to
perform with a mouse than a keyboard because you
can just point and click to select an item on a screen
or choose an item from a list of options.
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 How to set-up a free email account
 Have a way to write down the user name
and password we are about to help you
 Use this for job-seeking purposes, only
Yahoo Email
 Go to and click on Yahoo Mail.
 Click on the “Sign Up” link that appears on right
side of the page.
 Complete the Yahoo Mail information form.
 Create a username that you will be comfortable
using for a long time and will identify you to you
email recipients. Remember that you can use
numbers and letters. You cannot have blank
spaces in your username and password.
Yahoo Email
 Type the username you choose in the field
provided. Check the availability of your
username by clicking the box below that
reads “Check Availability of This ID”.
 Choose a password when you have
successfully entered a username.
Passwords must be at least 6 characters
long and passwords are case-sensitive.
You will be asked to type your password
Yahoo Email

 Select a question from the following drop-

down menu as your security question.
This is verify that you are the correct user.
 Type in your answer to the question in the
field below.
 Enter your birth date, zip code, and any
other requested information in the fields
Yahoo Email

 Verify your registration by typing the

characters you see shown in the last
section of the registration page into the
field provided.
 Read the Terms of Service thoroughly and
print a copy for your records.
 Select “I Agree”.
Yahoo Email

 You have successfully set up your Yahoo

email account.
 Add name and email address to sheet
being passed around. Please write
 Make sure and logoff when finished your
Yahoo Email


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Creating a resume:
 Using the internet browser, go to
 Sign in

 Open the email labeled Resume Template

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 Enter the name you use at work, your
address, cell phone or home phone #, and
your NEW email address
 NOTE: Please let anyone who might
answer your phone from this point onward
to speak clearly and professionally
 Begin entering your employment history,
starting with your most recent position
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 List the full name and the location for
each place where you have worked
 List the title of the position you had
 Be concise but descriptive to describe
what you did at each job
 List any special skills you used for the job,
for example: MIG welding, used Microsoft
WORD to create documents, etc
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 Avoid acronyms and abbreviations
 Use correct grammar and use “spellcheck” and
the red and green squiggly underlines to help
you identify and correct ALL the errors
 Just get the last couple of jobs listed, you will be
able to complete and polish this later
 Do NOT enter your education information, yet…
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 With help from the classroom assistants,
name, and save your resume
 Make a note of where it is saved
 Retrieve the resume
 Add your education data
 Resave the resume
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On-line Job Boards:





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 Try to apply
 Try to “upload” your resume
 Always be complete and PERFECT w/
spelling and grammar
 Write down and save any sites you like
and the User names and Passwords that
you created
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 You have learned basic computer terms
and definitions!
 You have your own email account and a
place to store your documents and
 You created a draft resume

 You experimented with on-line job boards

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Next Steps:

 Use public computers at the WIN Job

Center, and at the Tupelo Library
 Check the WIN and local job boards DAILY
 Keep polishing and expanding your
 Questions? Call Wayne @______________
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 Please log off and tidy up your area
 Please refer anybody you know who would
be interested in this program
 Please stay in touch and let us know how
you are doing and how we can help you
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