Top Skills That Will Get You Hired in 2017

LinkedIn Reveals The Top Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2017 …

Find out what skills you need on your resume in 2017 to help land your dream job. From Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, to User Interface Design and Mobile Development, the 2016 annual list has shown that Marketing Skills have taken a dip in favour of Technology-related skills. No surprises there, but if you’re not on top of your game or want to stay ahead of it, now might be the time to think about skilling up.

 

Analysis of the recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January shows several trends about the Australia job market, including high demand for tech skills.

The Global Top Skills of 2016 list reveals several trends about the global job market:

Demand for marketers is slowing: While marketing skills like marketing campaign management, SEO/SEM, and channel marketing were in high demand in 2015, things have changed. This year, SEO/SEM dropped five spots from #4 to #9 and marketing campaign management dropped completely off the list. Demand for marketing skills is slowing because the supply of people with marketing skills has caught up with employers’ demand for people with marketing skills.

Data and cloud reign supreme: Cloud and distributed computing has remained in the #1 spot for the past two years and is the Top Skill on almost every list — including France, Germany, India, Ireland, Singapore, the US, and Spain. Following closely on its heels is statistical analysis and data mining, which came in #2 last year, and #1 in 2014. These skills are in such high demand because they’re at the cutting edge of technology. Employers need employees with cloud and distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining skills to stay competitive.

Show me, don’t tell me: For the first time ever, data presentation, which is visualising data, makes the list with the #8 spot. With statistical analysis and data mining holding strong again this year at #2, employers need employees who can organise data so it’s easy for people to understand.

User interface design is the new black: User interface design (#5), which is designing the part of products that people interact with, is increasingly in-demand among employers. It ranked #14 in 2014, #10 last year, and #5 this year (second largest jump on this year’s Global Top Skills of 2016 list). Data has become central to many products, which has created a need for people with user interface design skills who can make those products easy for customers to use.

If you have any of these skills, make sure you let employers know. A simple way to do this is by adding the skills to your LinkedIn profile. In addition to showcasing your professional brand, you’ll also show up higher in recruiters’ search results.

Here are the skills that are most sought after amongst Australian employers, according to LinkedIn:

1. Statistical analysis and data mining
2. SEO/SEM marketing
3. Middleware and integration software
4. HR benefits and compensation
5. Network and information security
6. Mobile development
7. User interface design
8. Web architecture and development framework
9. Algorithm design
10. Corporate law and governance

Soft skills are also difficult to find compared to technical, according to a survey of hiring managers by LinkedIn.

The majority (63%) of hiring managers say they find it harder to find professionals with soft skills.

The most important soft skills are teamwork, ownership and problem-solving.

Most hiring managers (65%) believe that not being able to find soft skills limited productivity.

And human resources decision-makers in Australia and New Zealand say it’s difficult to fill leadership positions because of that soft skill shortage.

“They don’t have the skills,” LinkedIn said in its study, Leadership Talent Challenges in Australia and New Zealand.

Critical soft skills missing or under-developed: empathy, problem solving and creativity, and fostering collaboration and innovation.

 

With thanks to LinkedIn and Business Insider.