In mid April, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner talked about the companies key findings from new research that takes a look at skills shortages based on data from member profiles and job postings across 100 major US cities. Businesses are increasingly relying on cross-company collaboration and placing a greater emphasis on interpersonal communications, but this is a job skill that many American employees are lacking.âSomewhat surprisinglyâ¦ interpersonal skills is where weâre seeing the biggest imbalance,â Weiner told CNBCâs âSquawk Boxâ in April. âCommunications is the No. 1 skills gap across those major cities in the United States.â LinkedIn's latest findings support a 2016 study published in the Journal of Education, which found that managers pay special attention to communication skills and analytical skills when evaluating an employee.With this in mind, letâs look at 5 important soft skills you can work on to help you get the job your after or climb the ladder at your current job.
5 important soft skills
Problem solving: Employers want professionals who know how and when to solve issues on their own and when to ask for help. If youâre preparing for a job interview, come up with a time you helped solve a problem at work and prepare to discuss it. You can gain problem-solving skills by taking a step back, evaluating the situations and devise different solutions that make the most sense.Attention to detail: According to a 2016 CareerBuilder survey of 2,100 HR professionals, Human resource managers said 2 in 5 (43 percent) spend less than a minute looking at a resume. Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) spend less than 30 seconds. So if you have a typo on your resume, you could be finished. While you may have tight deadlines, be sure to give yourself extra time to review work to make sure its error free. This may mean coming to work early or staying late to give yourself the breathing room needed to make sure your doing your best work. Get into the habit of slowing down.Proficiency in Microsoft Office: You donât necessarily need to include this on your resume because itâs assumed you have developed this skill set while in school. If you feel your not as up to date as you should be or want to learn more, watch a tutorial on YouTube or take a class at the local community college. Also familiarize yourself with other programs many employers use such as Google Drive, Slack and Skype.Marketing: As mentioned above, in todayâs job market, employers expect you to know how to promote ideas, services and products. You need to know how to use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A way to develop these skills is to promote your work on different social media and sharing articles about your industry. Doing so shows you are actively interested in the industry and are aware of how to use platforms.Oral and Written Communication:This may be the most important skill of all skills. You can be super intelligent but if you canât communicate effectively, does it get the job done? Success in business, as tech-focused as itâs become, can still come down to people interactions with each other. In your interactions, both in-person and online, you want to be clear, kind and professional. When speaking, be sure to make eye contact, speak up and use body language that conveys confidence. In emails, you want to pay attention to how clearly and concisely you present an idea.
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