As we move into the New Year with hopes of keeping our resolutions (and gym members) active, we also realize that the New Year demands new skills. Although most of us are safe inside our cubicles, those looking to change careers or entering the job market for the first time will need a variety of skills to land a good job. Obviously, good customer service, punctuality, excellent communication, flexibility, and the ability to take on a variety of tasks and finish them by a particular deadline are still required. However, there are some talents that companies have begun looking for in those that they employ.
1. Web designing skills
Although you may not think that knowing how to design a website will help land you that dream job, it can vastly improve your chances! A lot of CEOs do not have time to maintain their website or come up with clever designs and will usually hire a separate person to do it for them. By hiring a valuable asset to the company that can also do website design, the company can eliminate the extra cost of outsourcing.
We can all carry on professional conversations with little to no problem, but writing can be a completely different story. Even though spell check is a life saver for most, having a general knowledge of flow and the inner workings of writing can definitely net you a job. Companies are always looking for employees who can send professional emails to other businesses and clients or write documents.
Keeping track of finances can be difficult; especially for big, bustling companies that have a lot of employees to keep track of. If you are good at accounting and can take some of the workload off of your boss, you may find yourself with not only a job but a promotion in the near future.
Just like website designing skills, employees who know how to do programming will be hired over those who do not. As we move deeper and deeper into the age of technology, the demand for these skill sets increases. A lot of owners do not have the time needed to do all of the programming so it gets outsourced when cost the company a lot of money. By hiring somebody who can do their job AND programming, the company definitely benefits and so do you!
5. Computer maintenance knowledge
One of the bad things about this technological age is the fact that we rely heavily onto our computers and they are guaranteed to obtain a virus or break down at some point. Hiring an employee to do their 9 to 5 job who can also fix a stubborn computer is a must have for all businesses. Make sure you list this on your resume when applying!
Editing coincides with writing, but goes a little deeper. Although you can easily write a professional document, it takes a trained eye- typically that of an editor or somebody with good grammar/structure- to make it even better and erase any mistakes present. Editing emails or documents for your boss before they leave the company can take a lot of stress off your boss’s shoulders. Also, spell check does not differentiate between effect and affect so it is easy to misuse words like this and have it pass. Somebody skilled in editing can easily spot and fix the problem saving the company the embarrassment.
7. Basic construction/repair skills
Rather than calling a plumber or handyman to fix the leaky faucet or broken cabinet, turning to an employee is a much better option for companies. Somebody who has a basic skill set and knowledge of fixing things can be an incredibly valuable asset to any company.