Top 5 Skills Employers Look For in 2020

2020 is on the horizon and as the new year approaches, so do our aspirations and achievement goals for the new year. If you are on the look out for a new challenge in your career, a change of direction as you transition in your career or simply graduating soon and planning to hunt for employment opportunities in the coming year, knowing what skills employers are looking for will put you at a competitive advantage in the talent market!

Industry 4.0 will be marked by lightning-speed advancements. Industries earmarked to revolutionise the future and generate billions for the global economy include genomics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. So what skills included in your LI profile and CV would have you stand out? Here are the top 5 skills to develop and feature to potential employers:

5- Emotional Intelligence: EQ helps us tune into the kaleidoscope of human emotions, and measures how adept we are at adjusting our behaviour depending on the mood of a colleague, partner, family member, or even our own internal feelings. It informs every interaction we have and affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.

How it’s measured: vis psychometric tests and behavioural interview questions

4: Ability to work in a team (collaboration skills): Unless you have been living under a rock your whole  life, you have had to work with others in some way and form throughout your life. Starting in your family and extending into your school years, society and the education system makes sure every individual gets to flex their collaborative muscle in team-driven initiatives. A truly collaborative work environment will ensure workers play off each other’s strengths and adapt flexibly to changing circumstances.  Working with others involves strong communication skills, an awareness of other people’s strengths and weaknesses, and being able to work with a range of different personalities.

How it’s measured: behavioural interview questions, recruiters look for examples where you contributed to a team project and instances where you resolved conflicts risen due to the nature of the collaborative work

3: People Management: No matter the ever-increasing automation at the workplace, employees will always be a company’s most valued asset.

People management skills are beyond supervisory tasks assigned to the management. Organizational development requires companies to hire, train and retain the right people to propel their business forward. Employees constantly crave feedback (various methods) and need to be motivated and accompanied as they grow within their roles within the organization

How it’s measure: psychometric analysis tests and behavioural interview questions. This is one of ‘learnt on the job ‘skills hence prior experience is essential.

2: Creativity: Whereas automation allows for efficiency of processes at work, human creativity is increasingly needed to best take advantage of such facilitation. Adopting to new changes at work and re-modeling the way we work demands a considerable amount of creativity. The problem with the creative process is its inherent ‘non-process’ nature. There is simply no one way to creatively problem-solve something, but, there are ways to unleash the creative within you by exercising curiosity and self-expression on a regular basis. More so, companies are designing and delivering employee training programs that help unleash such creativity within their organizations.

How it’s measured: complex psychometric tests and open-ended behavioural interview questions that measure creative problem solving (think convergent thinking)

1: Complex problem-solving: Critical thinking involves being able to use logic and reasoning to interrogate an issue or problem, consider various solutions to the problem, and weighing up the pros and cons of each approach. Moreover, the capacity to solve novel, ill-defined problems in complex, real-world settings (think climate change and poverty) is considered complex problem-solving skills. You won’t be expected to solely solve such problems upon entering the organization but must prove capable of contributing in brain power working within your team.

How it’s measured: complex pre-selection psychometric tests. Testing this skill at the very early stages of recruitment ensures only strong candidates pass through the next steps in the hiring process. The more technical the role, the more chances of having to take these tests after sending an application.

Need to learn more about and improve some of the skills listed? Check out the reading list below for the holiday season:

1)Complex problem-solving: Think out of the box by Som Bathla

2)Creativity: Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

3)People Management: Leading the Unleadable :How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People by Alan Willet

4)Working with others: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

5)Emotional Intelligence: Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy by Dev Patnaik