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These Are the Top Skills Employers Look for Regardless of the Job

By Andrej Kovacevic

If you've recently finished your studies, you must be really excited to get out there and join the workforce. But even if you already have experience and you've been working for a number of years, looking for a new job can help you take your career to the next level and encourages growth. Regardless of your experience, you're probably wondering if you have enough skills or if they're strong enough for your next employer. But no matter if you're a programmer, a life insurance agent or a manager - there are some skills that anyone should have.

Therefore, in this article, we'll list some of the top skills employers look for regardless of the nature of your job.

Emotional Intelligence Skills

When you start writing the list of skills for your resume, keep in mind that a quality that makes you stand out is emotional intelligence. Having this ability can be very helpful in the workplace, given the fact that teams work together to keep companies successful on the market. Being able to work in a team is a crucial component of a successful company; therefore, emotional intelligence is the glue that makes it possible for people to stick together.

Digital Skills

We live in the digital era, which means that everything around requires more or less technical expertise from us. Unless you're a programmer, no one will ask you to know how to write code or how to fix software, but being comfortable with computers and some of the most common apps - is expected in the workplace today. Luckily, there are plenty of courses and classes out there that you can take in order to improve your digital literacy.

Problem Solving Skills

One of the most important things you have to prove yourself capable of is an ability to take a well thought-out and analytical approach to solving problems. It's also good to show recruiters that you are able to approach problems from different angles, so don't try to stick to the usual, standard answers when they'll ask you those ‘what you will do in this situation' type of questions.

Communication Skills

One of your strongest skills, regardless of your job, should be your ability to talk to others, to express what you're feeling and to make yourself understood. Even though you might be an introvert, in order to get where you want in your career, you'll have to learn how to communicate well. Owning these strong communication skills in the digital age that we live in, also translates into solid writing and speaking skills, in a virtual environment or face to face in a meeting. The first place where you'll face this kind of challenge is the interview, so you'll actually need to be prepared before you even start working for the company.

Social Media Literacy

Even though this might not be the first skill that you'll think of when you it comes to a recruitment process, it actually turned out to be pretty valuable in recent years. Social media is literally changing the way companies all over the world work, the way they do business. Therefore, it's not only important for a potential employee to understand how these tools work, but to also be able to use them effectively for business purposes.

Even though you've been working very hard for the specific skills that are required for your domain, it's very important for you to pay attention to soft skills. At the end of the day, we're working with people, so we need to learn how to better communicate with each other and empathize. No one will expect you to come to an office and do every job, but they will expect you to learn how to do your part accordingly to what everyone else does. There's no denying the fact that there are some skills that are required by any employer, regardless of the job.


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