Is it appropriate to list "Proficient with Microsoft Office" on resume?
http://www.mergersandinquisitions.com/5 ... e-titanic/5) Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
This is another case where I do a mental replacement – I swap “Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint” for “Proficient in Breathing Oxygen” and then wonder what the person was thinking.
Of all the gaffes listed here, this one might be the most common in resumes I’ve reviewed. This alone is not enough to “sink” your resume, but I do think you look silly listing programs that virtually everyone who has worked in an office before knows how to use.
If you know a programming language such as C++ or Java, go ahead and list those; advanced statistical and financial analysis programs are also fine to list.
Just as with “Fluency in English,” I assume you are “fluent” in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. So don’t re-assure me.
However, just because you can write your resume on Microsoft Word does not automatically mean you are proficient with Powerpoint or Excel. I think it's appropriate but I need assurances here since those Stanford folks could be quite credible.