4 Job Skills That Will Actually Help You Succeed in 2018

We were originally going to write a blog about booming careers for you to take advantage of in 2018. But after a little bit of research, and reading about the types of jobs that are on the rise, we didn’t feel this information was nearly as helpful to you. 

Forbes has a solid list of the best jobs to go after during this past year, and no surprise to us, a lot of them are technical and computer-based. LinkedIn also created a similar list but threw in some more medical jobs that are also on the rise and looking to employ a lot of qualified people. Likewise, Big Future broke down their list best for recent college graduates, ranging all the way from vocational school to graduate degrees. 

We encourage you to check out all of those links above to take a closer look into what jobs are ‘hot and now’ in case anything is relevant to your background, professional experience, or education.

Instead, we wanted to showcase some the trending skills and other qualifications that employers are looking for, and are incredibly impressed by when they’re seeking out new candidates.

Not every skill we mention is going to be relevant to every career, but this list should give you a general idea of what companies are highlighting in their job descriptions as super important, and what you should be showcasing in a bigger light on your resume.

Stay ahead of emerging technology

According to trending job descriptions on LinkedIn, general computer skills, and a degree isn’t good enough anymore if you’re looking to break into the technology market. If you’re a programmer or data whiz, companies are actively looking for employees who are staying ahead of the trends. This means operating and managing cloud-based systems, understanding statistical analysis of data information, and data mining chops. 

And not only is being able to manage and tackle this skill set important, employers want to see that you also know how to articulate this information well to others who don’t. Everyone needs to make sense of the data you’re managing and mining. When it comes to working with technology, companies want everyone to be in the know of current and helpful data, so making sure you can organize your findings is also key.

Know how to keep your company in the black

We’re not saying you need to become your next company’s CFO, but employers are looking for new hires that have a good understanding of business. This means knowing and understanding what your company’s bottom line really is, and how you can apply your skills in your job to manage that. 

Find ways to help yourself understand how daily operations and decision affect the profitability of your company. When you have this knowledge, this can help you leverage new ideas and proposals in a more effective way. [Will it make the company more money? Will it save the company money? Yes please!]

Personally, finance isn’t my forte. That’s where Kayla comes in when it comes to managing our business. But it is definitely an incredibly important skill to make sure you have a general idea of what is happening, how you can help, and when you’re sitting in your next company meeting - you won’t be totally lost when the numbers come up.

Expand your list of software proficiency 

We mentioned earlier that saying ahead of technology is essential to getting ahead in the technology realm. But the reality of technology is that it is going to be present in every job you enter. What may have been standard practices via pen and paper, even just 5 years ago, is switching over to tablets, computer systems, databases, and software. 

The more software and technological systems you know, use, and actively understand, the more powerful of a player you will be. Just about every industry has software specific to their own use to make things more productive. For example, in the HR field, PayScale is one of the popular platforms, and candidates that understand how to use it already have a leg up on their competition.

Not sure exactly what software you could be utilized to help you advance further in your career? Talk with your current manager and see exactly what they are looking for some help from the technology area!

Work to improve your strategizing and organization

If there’s one thing we wish employers took more actual value in it’s those hard to actually find soft skills. Sure, employers are always looking for people with ‘attention to detail’ or ‘excellent problem-solving skills’ and most people put these soft skills on their resume.

But how many people actually are paying attention to all the details and can problem-solve better than their peers?

Not enough, and companies are starting to notice! Organizational skills, strategy sessions, problem-solving tactics, and everything in between are all highly sought out skills for employers. How do these skills work in less than obvious ways?

When you’re good at strategizing, you’ll understand the purpose and reason behind your job, rather than your daily task assignments. When you’re highly organized, you’ll find more effective and efficient ways to get through those daily tasks, leaving you more room for strategizing.

All of these specific skills go hand in hand, so if this is not your forte, it’s time to work on them!

And it’s not like there aren’t jobs out there specifically catering to these skills. Strategic Planning and Business Analyst are two common jobs that are on the rise!