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5 Excel Skills You Must Have for a Successful Logistics Career

For every career path, there is a set of hard and soft skills needed to be successful. No matter what your job experience is, it is important to stay up-to-date on the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. Individuals interested in a successful logistics career will need to have these five excel skills.

Auditing Formulas

Auditing formulas are something that you need to be knowledgeable about if you want to have a successful logistics career. It is a more advanced skill, but it is also something that will set you apart from other individuals in the field if you are able to display your skills in auditing formulas. They will allow you to take the information from a spreadsheet and display it graphically. This makes it easier to identify problems within the data entered into the Excel sheet. If you are creating reports for a business, this makes it easy to ensure all the information being shared is correct.

Data Filters and Sorting

To stand out amongst other individuals applying for a logistics job, you need to have a good understanding of data filters and be able to display your knowledge. Filters give you the ability to search through spreadsheets for specific information quickly. Data sorting is another skill you’ll need to have handy. This allows you to sort data in a specific order, like numerical or reverse numerical order. Both of these basic Excel skills will make you more efficient in analyzing data within a spreadsheet.

Pivot Tables and Charts

Individuals interested in a logistics career should also be knowledgeable about pivot tables. These tables help you summarize calculations in Excel according to the data you specifically require. When you have the ability to do this, it makes it significantly easier for you to create reports your business needs. Pivot charts is another tool you will want to be familiar with. It allows you to simplify more complex data and make it easy to digest, for yourself and the people you are presenting it to.

Shortcut Keys

If you are working in Excel all day long, knowing the shortcut keys is crucial to be efficient in your day-to-day activities. These shortcuts use keyboard commands rather than your mouse. While each shortcut may only save you a few seconds, it adds up throughout the day.


SUMIF and COUNTIF is another key function you will want to know how to use in Excel. COUNTIF will help you count the number of cells in a range that meets certain criteria that you set. Typically, it is used as a function in the worksheet. SUMIF, on the other hand, will sum cells in a range that meets certain criteria, usually dates, text, or numbers. Both of these functions will help you sort through the data in your spreadsheet more efficiently.

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