Emerging Trends and Skills in Today’s Workforce – Part 2

No matter what career path you have chosen to follow, employing certain skills in your daily activities can increase your likelihood to succeed in finding a job that best suits you. Previously, we reviewed the trends emerging in the workforce all over the world. Today, we will review the emerging skills every job seeker should develop while searching for a job.

Emerging Skills

  1. Complex problem-solving
    This is all about quickly solving problems that have not been encountered before and doing so in a continually shifting landscape. It’s all about having the skills to see the big picture, whilst still being close enough to keep an eye on the details and being able to move things around to get your desired result.
  2. Critical thinking
    This is the ability to examine the facts, look at the positives and negatives of a problem and come up with an answer by applying logic and reason. People who possess this skill will remain in demand.
  3. Creativity
    You need people in your organization who are creative, however, in the context of your business, this is about connecting the dots. It’s being able to take lots of disparate information and bring this together to create a solution. And there is no one correct way to do this.
  4. People Management
    Your people are your most valuable asset and having effective people managers on your team will contribute a huge amount to your success. Being able to respond to their needs and keep them motivated will help drive productivity.
  5. Interpersonal Skills
    Having strong interpersonal skills and being able to collaborate with colleagues to get things done will remain key skills in the future. Interacting with others, working with a wide range of personality types and having the flexibility to cope with changing circumstances will also be central to your success.
  6. Emotional Intelligence
    Skills such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and the ability to teach other people are becoming increasingly important, because these skills inform each and every interaction with others.
  7. Sound Judgement and Decision-Making
    With the amount of data now available across organizations, there’s a strong need for people who can analyze the numbers and turn a large volume of data into the information you need to drive your strategic business decisions.
  8. Service Orientation
    When your workforce thinks about your customers as real people and take the time to consider their needs, both now and how these might change over time, it will help future-proof your organization. This insight will help you develop the new products and services that will be required to keep your customers happy.
  9. Negotiation Skills
    People are much better at negotiation than robots and being able to negotiate with colleagues, managers, clients and teams is a skill that will remain in high-demand, even for those in solely technical roles.
  10. Cognitive Flexibility
    This is all about how quickly your brain can switch between the different ways of thinking, e.g. creative, mathematical, critical thinking etc. The faster you can do this, the more likely it is that new patterns and associations will form. You can help your team with this by providing opportunities for them to learn.

Visit our website to gain insight and advice on how to utilize these emerging skills to help you be the best candidate for any job you apply for now and in the future.

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