As the job market constantly evolves, the demand for new skills and competencies follows fast. We are standing at the brink of the fourth industrial revolution. And, if history has taught us anything, it’s that the jobs coming in the next few years are the ones that don’t even exist yet. The rapidly evolving technology and automation industry combined with the effects of a global pandemic will pave path for new and improved skills that go beyond the need for physical human interaction.
Along with changing skills, unemployment rates have been on a steady decline. For any job seeker, this means differentiating in a pool of applicants themselves by acquiring in-demand skills. It is now, more important than ever to think beyond your degree and major – because, as they say – companies are not looking for degrees, they are looking for people to work for them.
According to the 2019 Linked Global Talent Report, (Figure A), 91% of recruiters say that an applicant’s soft skills can put them on top of the list of potential hires. Having said that, mastering key hard skills can also add greatly to your overall profile.
Figure A: The 4 trends transforming your workplace. Global Talents Report (LinkedIn, 2019).
If you’re not in the mood to let 2020 create social distance between you and your dream job, brush up on these skills and competencies to set yourself apart among your competitors.