Being hardworking and goal-driven is a great way to catch the eye of potential employers.
But perhaps more importantly, talent needs to be up-to-date on the most desired skills in the future.
According to Bernard Marr, author of “Future Skills: The 20 Skills and Competencies Everyone Needs to Succeed in a Digital World,” the key to thriving in the future of work is having both the technical and soft skills needed to work alongside modern technology without sacrificing the human touch.
Marr outlines some of the 20 skills employers will be seeking in the next decade, including:
1. Digital Literacy
The ability to learn and adapt to new technology will be crucial. Having a willingness to understand digital advancements shows employers that prospects are eager to expand their existing skills and knowledge.
2. Data Literacy
Similarly, employees must be able to analyze and apply data where necessary in order to boost business, resolve issues and find new insights.
3. Critical Thinking
The internet has made echo chambers louder than ever, which often means that misinformation can run wild. For the future, top talent will need to be able to identify the most reliable resources that are void of bias.
4. Emotional Intelligence
Being able to clearly express and communicate emotions has never been more important. By having self-awareness about emotions, employees have the ability to understand how their behaviors can impact the company as a whole.
While a broad term, creativity in the digital age has taken a life of its own. With people having access to countless tools and resources, being creative means creating and completing work that sets the company apart from others.
One of the more difficult skills to obtain in the modern workplace is collaboration. As companies become more hybrid and remote, finding ways to work alongside each other (in-person or virtually) becomes incredibly difficult. However, adopting and mastering the right tools can improve collaborative work.