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Top Skills required to get the job you want in 2021

BY: SGI|12 January 2021

There is no doubt that the world of work has changed. What was real last year is not real anymore and the skills to get a new job in 2021 has also changed.

The first thing to realise is that the process of getting a job has changed a lot. You need to ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date and has all the possible skills that you can list, you have people that have endorsed you and that you look good on your profile there. It is like any social media about who you follow and what you present. Why is this so important? Most companies either look up your LinkedIn profile or use software that does! So make sure you are connected to people in your industry and that you follow the companies that make it work.

The World Economic Forum mapped the top skills that people will need in the next five years and we categorised their list as follows

Problem Solving Skills

Managing self

Managing others

Technology user and development

  • Technology use, monitoring and control
  • Technology design and programming

Cross cutting skills

Intuitively we can also see that people will be working from home a lot more and that other skills that are becoming important is managing virtual teams and effective operations management in a virtual context. The nature of work is changing and to make it productive needs people to define the value that they bring to customers more effectively.

The vast majority of business leaders (94%) now expect employees to pick up new skills on the job – a sharp rise from 65% in 2018. It is also expected that you will be training yourself with online self-training looking that it will account for 19% of training.

The moral of the story is simple – you will need to spend more time training yourself and to do courses that help you manage yourself and others more effectively. Creativity and critical thinking will be the skills that will be most in demand in the next 5 years as we are looking for new solutions in a technology oriented world

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