August Update – ‘Skills new hires should have’

What work skills can make you more marketable to employers in 2018?

Change is always constant. So naturally, the job skills that employers look for in new hires change from year to year. It’s one of the best ways for companies to stay competitive and ahead of the never-ending curve. According to Julie Friedman Steele, board chair and CEO at World Future Society “The workplace moves rapidly and employers need workers who stay current.” That means you need to consistently improve your skills and develop new ones.

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Here are 7 work skills most employers look for –

  • Problem solving
  • Data analytics
  • Social media literacy
  • Creativity
  • Resiliency
  • Good business sense
  • Willingness to learn

This list comes from a good article covering 7 work skills which make you more marketable to employers in 2018. Note that most of these relate to non-technical skills. Those are assumed these days.

What is the difference between Hard Skills and Soft skills?

Hard skills are specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, such as typing, writing, math, reading and the ability to use software programs. By contrast, soft skills are less tangible and harder to quantify, such as etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk.

Here is a good article explaining more about the difference between hard skills and soft skills.

More information

While soft skills aren’t often explicitly tested in interviews, they can be a huge part of what makes or breaks a hiring decision as they are playing an important role in making employees successful in any work environment. Whether you’re looking for a new role or hoping to advance within a company, focus on these soft skills that top companies look for in potential and current employees.

This week we focused on the work skills everyone should have. Hard, technical skills are important but ‘soft skills’ often play a critical role in the hiring process.

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