Top 6 Job Skills Needed in Today’s Workplace
The importance of having adequate job skills
The pace by which the workforce is changing today is the fastest that it has ever been. The rise of technology and globalization totally restructured the job skills needed in today’s workplace.
Because of that, one of the most difficult parts of the job search process has become figuring out exactly what employers are looking for. So, what are the “job skills” — that are specific, measurable and teachable — and that employers most want from their applicants?
According to the latest Forbes’ research, this year’s most desired job skills leads to high-paying jobs in the industries with the biggest job growth, primarily in technology and healthcare.
However, in this complex, fast-changing job market, investing in time spent learning new things and being good at what you do may not be enough. What you truly need is an edge.
The edge to possess job skills that are most in demand in your field, that help your employer keep up with the technological, economic, and social forces that are transforming so many industries. The key here is to know exactly what those job skills are, and how and where to learn them.
Learning an in-demand skill while studying, can be the easiest way to do so, but traditional education has proven to be the last option in gathering job skills that the individual needs.
Lately, many people have turned to online platforms, like Zeqr, that offer training and courses in job skills that are in high demand, but also built by top universities. By building the job skills set for the job you want, you can make yourself the ideal candidate no matter what your major or degree is.
Our team here at Zeqr has explored the most useful skills needed to stay competitive in this ever-changing and demanding business world.
Coding & Programming
At the top of our list, of course, is coding and learning. According to Evan Leong, co-founder of Fount, “I can’t think of any company that doesn’t have technology embedded in their operations in some shape or form”. It is for this reason that coding and programming has been identified as a skill that will prove to be invaluable for years to come.
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By: Bruno Škvorc, dual Master’s degree holder in English Language and Literature and Computer Science.
By: Yehonathan Sharvit, Web Xpert with a B.S in Electrical Engineering and an M.Sc in Mathematics
Social Media Marketing
Social media has evolved tremendously in the past few years and has redefined the way that companies communicate with their customers. Those who master digital marketing skills and can create a trustworthy brand voice will be irreplaceable. A component of marketing that is also skyrocketing is mobile marketing and mobile apps – with mobile estimated to account for 72% of US digital ad spend by 2019
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By: Eric Silverthorn, President of Semaphore Mobile, and has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
By: Dr. Allana Todman-Da Graca, Communication Expert with exceptional experience in the areas of Professional Development, Student Leadership and Civic Engagement
Being a great salesperson is a skill that will never go out of style, and that is why we continue to believe that those who can “sell” will always be in demand.
Calling all startups who want to improve their sales:
By: Bob Rafailidis, Developer of start-ups in Sales, Growth & Business Development and two-sided marketplaces.
Business / Financial Analysis
Another timeless, yet necessary skill set to have is understanding a business and its success/failures. The ability to read financial statements and understand the health of an organization will continue to be a top skill.
By: John David Ariansen, Business Analytics Consultant with focuses on the interpretation and visual presentation of data.
Ah, yes, we said it: globalization. Companies no longer have barriers that prevent them from doing business internationally, therefore, employees who are able to communicate with offices worldwide in their native tongue will also be in demand. Not to mention that learning a new language fundamentally changes the structure of your brain.
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By: Katherine Mok, Native Speaker
By: Victoria Haliburton, BA double major in Honours Math and Foreign Languages/Linguistics, an MA in Education, and a number of classes in teaching second languages and in French language and literature.
By: Carla Montrucchio, Educational background working with learners of any level (A1-C1)
Lastly, but not least important, is the art of networking. Regardless of what happens in the workforce, humans are driven by feelings and relationships. Deals are not made from B2C or B2B, but rather H2H (Human to human).
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By: Bobby Umar, named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc Magazine, 4x TEDx speaker, and one of the top tweeters in the world, with over 450,000 followers
There are some job skill sets that will arise as new and others which will remain timeless and ever-needed. As knowledge Zeqr’s remember, “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
What job skills are you finding most relevant in your industry? Leave us a comment below!