The top skills to land a job in the new year

12.14.2012


The top skills to land a job in the new year
The top skills to land a job in the new year

You may have the best training for a specific industry, but if that knowledge isn't paired with the right skills - many of which aren't taught in the classroom - you may have difficulty landing that dream job, Forbes reports.

According to the media outlet, computer training is a great example. You may have taken and excelled in a C++ course, but that alone won't secure a job. Even with computer-based jobs in high demand, employers in the tech industry are certainly looking for programming prowess, but you have to offer more than that these days.

Forbes recently set out to uncover the 10 most in-demand skills that employers will be looking for in 2013, including those you'll most likely need to get a job in CareerBuilder's list of top jobs for next year. Unsurprisingly, technical expertise across a wide range of applications is still a top-rated trait, but what employers are really looking for may be a little more basic.

"Knowing which skills are in high demand can help guide decisions around education and work experience," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "It can help workers identify where they can potentially transfer their current skill sets or supplement their education to prepare for future opportunities."

Top 10
The top skill job seekers should strive to show off to a potential employer or an employment agency is critical thinking. The ability to use logic to identify what works and what doesn't was found in nine out 10 of the most in-demand jobs. Complex problem solving was rated as the second-most in-demand skill, which includes identifying problems and assessing related information to create a plan to implement the right solutions.

Judgment and decision making skills, which include looking over the relative costs and benefits of all decisions and making the best choice, was rated number three, while active listening - paying attention, giving feedback and asking more questions - was ranked fourth on the list.

Being computer- and electronics-savvy was ranked mid-pack, with eight in 10 companies requiring knowledge of circuit boards, processors, electronic equipment and computer hardware. Six in 10 employers said mathematics skills were crucial to job function, making them number six on the list, while operations and systems analysis took number seven. This includes looking at how a system should operate and identifying what could be improved or made more efficient.

Monitoring, or the ability to look internally at yourself and your own performance, as well as the performance of others, and make corrections as needed was the eighth most important skill, according to Forbes. The ability to write computer programs for a range of purposes was the ninth most important skill, and having a key understanding of sales and marketing rounded out the list at number 10.

According to Shine, your interview is one of the earliest places to demonstrate these skills. By showing confidence in your critical thinking, complex problem solving abilities and decision making skills, you can show your potential employer that you have high technical expertise to offer - and then some. 

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