Millions of people will be looking for jobs in 2021 as the world goes back to its new normal or as normal as it will get.
With unemployment rates still high, it’s quite obvious that there will be plenty of competition in the workforce.
So how do you stand out and land a job in 2021? You need mad skills and not the skills you think. Employers today focus on soft and hard skills but put a large emphasis on those soft skills.
If you want to succeed, make sure you have these skills.
You need soft skills
Most of us only focus on the ‘hard skills.’ The skills we know the employer needs for you to qualify for the job. However, more than half of employers focus more on the ‘soft skills’ than the hard skills.
Just what are soft skills, and why do you need them?
In a nutshell, they are your people skills. Let’s face it, if you can’t work well with people, it doesn’t matter how many hard skills you have.
You could be an expert at what you do, but if everyone around you can’t work with you, it doesn’t do the company much good.
So what soft skills do employers want?
Communication and teamwork top the list. Unless you’re going to work alone without anyone else around, you need to be able to communicate effectively. Employers don’t want to bring someone on who will be rude, not get along with others, or won’t listen to what others need.
Employers also want people who are organized and can make decisions. They don’t want someone who will hem and haw over decisions or tell others to make the decisions.
You have to be able to stand your ground, state your reasons for the decision, and work with others to put it into action.
Of course, all employers want someone who can take the lead, be creative, and who doesn’t buckle under pressure.
Hard skills are important too
To go along with your soft skills, you, of course, need the hard skills to do the job right. In 2021, certain hard skills are paramount to almost any job.
Technological skills are the name of the game in 2021. No matter the industry, you’ll need some type of computer skills. Whether you go into IT itself or a different industry, you’ll need more than the basic computer skills.
Other important hard skills include marketing, communication, and project management. Ideally, you should be able to multitask, speak in front of others, lead a group, and have specialized skills like marketing, writing, or graphic design.
The name of the game in 2021 is to be a jack-of-all-trades. Show your skills pertaining to the industry, but also show what an asset you are all-around. Computer skills are huge and not just for IT personnel. Every industry uses technology more than ever.
If you don’t know your way around a computer and more than just the basics, you’ll be left in the dust for someone that understands computers and works with them better than anyone else.