Wise individuals build the job skill sets employers can’t easily find. In fact, some of these organizational skills have been in demand for decades. And if that happens to play to a strength you have — lucky you. But for many, they will have to build the skills needed to play the work role that pays well.
Skill Sets Wanted by Employers
By going through articles, you can see certain types of demand patterns by employers. You can also tell what type of general skills they are looking for.
• Calvin, Mike (2014). Essentials for Hiring: Soft Skills. NewsMiner.com. Clearly a liberal arts degree has its strengths, but one of them is not developing “desk ready” skills and competencies wanted by employers. After all, critical thinking is not a competency employers routinely use in a job posting.
• Slide Share: 8 Marketing Skills You Need (if you want to be rich). You can’t run any organization if you don’t understand marketing. And if you have to put the marketing competencies into just three categories, these are good ones to focus on. Forbes, Feb. 7.
• Berdan, Stacie (2011). Top Skills MBA Graduates Need for Success. Huffington Post. A list of eight here, not all of which are taught in MBA programs. December 5.
• Kuther, Tara (2013). What Employers Seek in Job Applicants. American Psychological Association. A closer look at some of the work skills valued by employers, especially if you have a psychology degree.
• Schrage, Michael (2010), “Higher Education Is Overrated: Skills Aren’t,” Harvard Business Review. July 30. As mentioned in the article, “Knowledge may be power, but knowledge from college is neither a predictor nor guarantor of success.”
• University of Kent, ND. What are the Top Ten Skills Employers Want? This page summarizes, a set of “Surveys on the skills required by graduates undertaken by Microsoft, Target Jobs, the BBC, Prospects, NACE and AGR and other organizations.”
• Michigan State University, (ND). The Twelve Essentials for Success, Competencies Employers Seek in College Graduates Competencies.
• Straus, Kristen (2016). Nine Skills Bosses See Lacking In New Graduates in 2016. Forbes.com. May, 17. Like previous years, college graduates in 2016 entered the job market not having many skills employers want. And 2017 promises to be no different. Here’s how you can shine when others are in the dark.
3 Shifts in the Work Environment Affecting Skills-Sets Needed
How Technology Affects Trust
Economists typically assume the future is like the past. And that’s where they typically go wrong — the 21st Century is very different from the previous ones. See one-way technology is changing relationships and how this creates opportunity for the organizational skilled.
Some countries have have legal protections such that you might be able to retire after a life-time of working for one business employer. But this dream is increasing out of the reach of many. Many will have to figure out how to prosper without job security.
Deloitte’s World-Wide Human Capital SurveysEvery year Deloitte does a survey of global human resources survey in which they survey large business for the skills that they most want in the workforce.
Lets be honest, the best organizations are do things different than the those mired in mediocrity. And one of the key things they do better is focus on “human capital” and how to covert talent into competitive advantage. This is some of the best research i have found to see what the c-level is doing in this area. The research lists the top ten ten work force issues. The top five in 2016 are:
- Organizational Structure & Teams
- Leadership Development
- Organizational Culture
- Employee Engagement