Author: Kim Zastrow

If you are working from home or seeking a new role, conducting a review of areas where you can “ reskill ” and “ upskill ” will improve your chances when employers begin to hire.

In the past three weeks alone, 15 million people, or 10% of the workforce, have lost their jobs due to the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers should utilize this interruption in their careers to develop new skills, which will drastically help them find their next opportunity in an unpredictable post-coronavirus labor market. Proactively utilizing online courses to acquire new skill sets—in a remote, socially distant capacity—could make a dramatic difference in post-pandemic abilities to return to work or start a new career.
Interested in improving your skills? These are the top five in-demand skills that workers should look to reskill or upskill.
The World Economic Forum identified artificial intelligence specialists as the  number one emerging data job  in the future. According to LinkedIn’s online education website,  LinkedIn Learning , artificial intelligence is a top hard skill for 2020, adding an extra level of efficiency to the human workforce.
A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that  37% of employers  cited problem-solving and critical thinking among the top soft skills that candidates were lacking. Applicants who can prove that they are able to think critically and find solutions to business problems will have a much better chance of being hired.
Data science and machine learning-related jobs, taken together, represent  5 of the top 15  growing jobs in America today. Data scientists and workers who can analyze raw data to find trends and answer questions will be crucial to businesses, as technology provides them with more data and information than ever before.
Employers are seeking staff who possess emotional intelligence, or the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.
 McKinsey study  found that the demand for emotional skills across all industries in the United States will grow by 26% between 2016 and 2030. This soft skill allows workers to relate to others, recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, and also understand what a company’s clients are going through, making those with high emotional intelligence an asset to employers.
Working with a recruiter who understands your career goal and background will get you closer to that dream job you’ve been trying to land more than you could think, by separating yourself from the herd. The recruiter who has a large base of corporate clientele can also give you a leg up during your job application. Knowing what a hiring manager wants to see on a resume and what will set you apart once you land that interview will put you that much closer to that finish line. The recruiter/ candidate relationship should be one of understanding what the two of you can do for one another. After all, this is your career we are striving to advance.




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