Every job requires us to wear a number of hats. It is no longer enough to be good at just one specific thing. Employers are looking for employees who can fill multiple roles and handle a myriad of tasks. This kind of approach to hiring can help in saving resources and money, especially if one person can take over the tasks of what use to be two separate jobs. Find some of the top skills you can develop that you can use with almost any job you ever have below.
Creativity and innovation are not just for the artists and designers anymore. Forty-three percent of executives interviewed in a PWC Global Innovation Survey said that innovation is a “competitive necessity” for their company. With the swift advances of technology, individual industries are experiencing rapid growth and the need for the next new-and-better product or service requires employees with the knack to innovate and improve.
Leadership & Management
Take any employee and add on leadership and management skills and you have a double threat. Finding effective employees with leadership skills on top can be a benefit even if they aren’t in a senior-level position. Having the ability to motivate and lead others can come in handy on any team and being a leader most often requires being able to inspire and motivate colleagues. Additionally, management skills can be useful even in non-managing roles. Employees need to have the capacity to manage and plan multiple projects and tasks without wasting company time with micro-managing. Even if it’s just the ability to manage your own time, employers need to know that you can set deadlines and lead by example whether you’re a supervisor or not.
Adaption to New Tech
Tech folks have a big advantage over the competition especially when it comes to valued job skills. In a 2016 LinkedIn analysis of the most in-demand skills, 19 of the top 25 were tech related. The top of the list was bombarded with cutting-edge skills like software development for mobile devices, cloud computing, network security monitoring, and online security. IT skills and tech are in high demand in just about every industry today and if you can find industry specific tech skills to hone, it can become huge leverage. Workers in human resources who are able to use Workday software are paid 9.6 percent more than their peers, whereas workers in health care can earn up to 8.5 percent more if they are knowledgeable with Epic software. Start looking into what tech skills are missing from your team and find ways to learn them.
Willingness to Learn
If we can have our employees take billing and coding classes online, it’s much easier than hiring outside and training a new employee. If you can go into any job with the willingness to learn, you’re gold. Most companies are willing to invest in their employees willingness to learn, seeing it as an investment. Learn new skills not just for your current role but also for future ones. And if you’re hiring, keep your eye out for candidates that have several certificates or degrees. These are the kind of life-long learners you will want to hire as they will be interested in not only bettering themselves but also bettering their role in the organization.
Although this might seem like a no-brainer, it’s not. To succeed, you need to know how to be tactful and cooperate with other coworkers. Learn to take your share of the responsibility and not just hope that someone else will take care of it. Think back to old school group projects–if you were the one who sat back and let everyone do the work, than you have some big changes to make. In a Queens University survey, almost 75 percent of participants rated teamwork as “very important.” Learn to speak up and put your ideas forward in a confident way. Even if you won’t be working in a team all of the time, being able to work well with others is one of the first skills you should be honing.
If you never took a typing class, do so now. If you struggle with emails, attachments, software, or even just changing the desktop background figure it out and now. Most businesses today expect prospective employees to know how to apply for a job online. They should also take computer-based training, or have taken it. Being proficient in the Microsoft Suite has become a no-duh for most jobs. You should know how to use spreadsheets and build presentations without any hitch.
Along with these, there are multiple other skills that are valuable with any job–from planning and organization to self-motivation. Being proficient in all of these skills and others that fit well with your specific industry can make you one of the top candidates in your field.
by: Devin Caldwell