Are you curious about the top skills employers are looking for today? While some of the skills may be more technical, there are a few important ones that span a variety of fields. Here are some opinions about the top skills in demand right now.
Communication Skills & Teamwork
According to research by The Holmes Report, $26,041 is the cumulative cost of lost productivity per worker per year due to communication barriers. Many employers are looking for employees who will work together with other teams to solve challenges and create solutions. Employers are also looking for candidates who can express their thoughts clearly.
If you’re interviewing for a new position, think about situations where you needed to work with others to improve processes and solve problems.
Social Media Management
Have you done any social media posting as a volunteer or for the company you work for? If you have ever managed professional accounts, or have written and posted your own blog in your spare time, you may be able to state having experience in social media. Employers are especially looking for individuals who have experience with paid posting (or advertising) on Facebook and LinkedIn. If you have done social posting, come up with five of your best posts on each platform to help create a starter portfolio.
If you have been on any interviews recently, there’s a good chance your interviewer has asked how you handled a setback you faced during your career. In any position, there are certain challenges that occur and possibly some revisions needed to your work or project. Some good advice is to think of an example where a positive outcome came out of the issue you had and the strategy you used to develop a solution.
Whether it’s knowing how to use SalesForce, or knowing different programming languages, these skills should be prominent on your résumé. Even if the position you’re directly applying to doesn’t use those tools, it’s good for the employer to know you have technical skills that might make communicating with the right people easier when something goes wrong. Break down your technical skills into two categories: Expert and working knowledge. This will help hiring managers know which ones you know well and which skills you’re familiar with.
According to the Society for Human Resources Management, 57 percent of people surveyed said it took six months or more for executives to reach full impact in their new role. If an employer already sees that you offer leadership characteristics, it can be an asset for you. Have some answers prepared for your interviews on challenges you faced as a leader, what you’ve been able to put into place, and what type of managerial skills you have to offer.