Whether your career has been interrupted by coronavirus or it’s simply time to find a better job, you want to be as attractive to recruiters as possible. This has become especially critical since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the market has shifted from being driven by candidates to controlled by employers.
In other words, there are many more job seekers out there than there are available positions. It is a bit like swimming upstream, but you can stand out among the competition if you can offer the most in-demand skills.
Here’s a snapshot of five of the top skills that will get you noticed by potential employers, circa 2020:
- Problem Solving/Critical Thinking: As noted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2019 State of the Workplace report, 37 percent of employers cited this among the top soft skills most desired – and often lacking – in job candidates. It’s important to show you can think critically – and outside the box when necessary – to solve business problems.
- Data Analysis: Data science and machine learning related roles represent five of the top 15 growing jobs in the U.S. today. If you can crunch raw data to spot trends and answer questions, you’ll be highly sought after by employers in virtually every industry.
- Digital/Social Media Marketing: Because of data mining and burgeoning research on consumer behavior, digital and social media marketing will only continue to grow in importance and relevance. Traditional forms of marketing like direct mail and TV commercials are old school unless they’re accompanied by strong digital marketing support. Search engine optimization, email campaigns, website development, and content creation fall under this skillset umbrella.
- Emotional Intelligence: Also known as emotional quotient, emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, manage, and reason with emotions – both your own and those of others. It’s a critical skill for interpersonal communication, as it influences how well people interact with peers, managers, colleagues, and clients. If you have high emotional intelligence, you can make better decisions, keep cool under pressure, show greater empathy, and are likely more adept at listening, reflecting, and responding well to constructive criticism.
- Communications: Your written and verbal communication skills set the tone for how people perceive you. They enhance your chances of building strong relationships and boost your performance levels as they help you glean clear expectations from your manager and vice versa. Employers look for strong communication skills because employees who have them tend to be more productive, as they know how to best relate to their peers.
As you develop your professional skills and fine-tune your job search, don’t be intimidated by today’s Covid-prompted market, where the best jobs may seem scarce and competition fierce. You have an ally at PrideStaff Modesto. We are laser-focused on finding the right opportunity for you – and we can coach you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more.