Teachers are constantly striving to prepare students for a job market that is increasingly competitive.
Regardless of what profession your students want to pursue, they’ll likely be competing with candidates from across the country and even around the world for the job.
Given these circumstances, the more ways they can prove that they have all the skills for the job the better.
One of those skills that applicants sometimes overlook? Typing, of course!
While it might not even be listed as a job requirement, typing is an increasingly important professional skill in nearly all sectors as more and more communication becomes digital.
So what’s the best way to show prospective employers that you’re a top-notch typist? Read on to find out!
Typing Speed Requirements for the Workplace
Whether you’re looking to pick up a freelance job during the summer or preparing your high school students to apply for an afterschool gig, increasingly you’ll find that typing speed matters in many fields.
For everything from journalism to data entry, to transcription or secretarial work, having a high WPM is a huge benefit.
Don’t believe us? Check out this list of top jobs that require typing skills.
To put things into perspective below are a few professions with their average required typing speeds.
- Secretary or receptionist: 65 WPM
- Legal or administrative assistant: 70 WPM
- Medical Transcriptionist: 70 WPM
- Data Entry: 75 WPM
- Court Reporter: 200+ WPM (court reporters use special keyboards to reach these breakneck speeds!)
Even if you aren’t looking for work in one of these fields, touch typing proficiency is a great skill to show off to future employers.
It not only suggests that you’re an efficient worker, but also that you’re capable of turning in accurate and error-free deliverables.
Displaying Your Typing Credentials
If you’re looking for a way to show off your touch typing skills to prospective employers, we’ve got just the ticket.
On Typing.com, you can take a timed typing test that will measure your WPM and accuracy.
Before you start, either login or create an account with Typing.com.
Then, go to the typing test portion of the website and choose between taking a 1, 3, or 5 minute test.
The test is free and easy to take. You can even take it multiple times if you don’t perform as well as you’d like the first time.
Once you’re done and satisfied with your speed, click on the print certificate button.
The website will automatically generate a beautiful and verifiable certificate that includes your name, WPM, accuracy rate, and the date of the test you took.
There’s even a link at the bottom of the certificate that you or prospective employers can use to verify your results.
It’s then up to you how you share this certificate with interested parties.
Some users have attached a PDF copy of this certificate to their LinkedIn profile or to job applications.
Some teachers have printed their certificate and included it in their teaching portfolio.
It’s definitely a good idea to include your typing speed in the skills section of your resume, especially if you’re looking for jobs that require a lot of computer time.
Printing a typing certificate is also a great way to celebrate student growth at the end of a school year!
No matter what stage you’re at in your professional career, it’s always fun to show off the fruits of your labors.