If you’re thinking about looking for a new job this year, you’re in luck! The market for job seekers remains strong as hiring surges across all industries. With the supply of open jobs far outpacing demand, employers are signaling that they are back and ready to hire. This has led to a historically tight labor market where job seekers have more leverage than ever.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you can take a laid-back approach to job searching! Many job seekers in today’s market are known for their talent and skill level, so how do you stand out from the pack?
To get your resume noticed, ace an interview, and land a job, you’ll want to ensure you’re showing that you possess the top skills employers look for. To prove you’re the right candidate for the role, you’ll want to demonstrate the following skills:
Problem-solving + critical thinking
Since challenges can arise at any time, an employer will want to gain an understanding of your problem-solving and critical thinking skills. To do this on your resume, go beyond simply listing these skills. Instead, go into more detail with your experiences by documenting problems you’ve solved, things you’ve learned, and results you’ve produced. In an interview, be ready for open-ended questions about how you’ve solved problems or handled conflicts in the workplace. Read also: The STAR Method: How To Ace Behavioral Interview Questions
Understanding of common tech
It’s hard to find a position that doesn’t require some degree of digital literacy in today’s tech-driven age. While this will depend on your industry, here are a few of the top skills employers look for in new hires:
- Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel
- Social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter
Remote work skills
Job requirements are shifting to support remote work. As a result, proficiency in various collaboration tools is among the top skills employers are looking for today. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Communication + collaboration tools: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, Google Drive
- Video meeting software: Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting
- Project management tools: Asana, Trello, Monday
Adaptability is a critical skill. It means you are flexible, open to change, and able to adjust to changing factors or environments. Adaptable employees are highly valued by employers for a variety of reasons:
- They keep them competitive
- They’re fast learners
- They’re strong decision makers
- They’re resourceful
While adaptable employees have always been in high demand, the pandemic has only heightened their importance. Bringing about unpredictable challenges to every business, a company’s ability to adapt became critical to their survival. As a result, employers will look out for close signs you are adaptable throughout the hiring process.
In today’s work environment, communication is crucial for any job. This is especially true when in-person interactions are limited, or you are working at different times or from different locations than your colleagues. As a result, employers closely assess communication skills for new hires. Do you communicate clearly via email? Are you an active listener? Do you practice positive body language? These are all questions they’ll be asking themselves throughout the interview process.
Technical skills from the job description
When applying for a job, it’s also important to show you possess many of the technical skills relevant to the job. To do this, your first step would be to ensure your resume is optimized appropriately with keywords from the job description and that you are able to explain how you used these skills in past roles. This can help your resume show up in searches via various applicant tracking systems and job boards. Once you make it to the interview stages, you’ll want to expand on why your skills and experience makes you the right fit for the role.
Need more insight on new workplace trends? Check out our 2022 Future Of Work Report.