4 Business skills that will always be in demand.
Having the right set of skills on your resume can make all the difference.
So what are these business skills that will keep you on the hot list?
This one trumps all others and is timeless as far as the job market goes. Whether a business is hiring someone at the helm, in sales or even as a functional specialist, their ability to communicate well can give them an edge.
Communication skills have the ability to impact your performance in other key areas like negotiation, team management, motivation and more.
In some roles, the need is more obvious. It is hard to imagine a successful business development professional who lacks strong communication skills. Equally, anyone in a senior level position needs to be an effective communicator if they are to get all stakeholders behind them on any major decisions.
Computer/social media literacy
Almost all business worldwide is conducted on computers. Having a working knowledge of computers is taken as a given. Certain roles might require additional proficiency in specific software. Today, this has extended to mean an understanding of social media. And by the looks of it, the trend will only gather more momentum as businesses turn to social media to be the voice of the company.
Businesses see it as a platform to interact with customers, resolve issues, acquire new business and reach out to a brand new audience.
Project management skills
Project management is becoming ever more central to the way businesses operate. An organised, systematic approach to managing workflow and achieving targets has brought project management skills to the fore. With these skills comes the promise of increased efficiency, better productivity, on-time delivery and a good grip on the operational side of things.
Even at lower and mid level positions, early signs of the ability to run projects will be a plus. Adhering to deadlines, planning and allocating resources, coordinating with multiple stakeholders and a certain amount of comfort with technology all go hand in hand with good project management skills. Not surprisingly, businesses are always on the lookout for candidates with good project management track records.
During times of duress organisations need strong leaders to take charge and turn things around. Making tough decisions like who needs to be let go and whether or not to go in for large scale change to revitalise the company needs someone who isn’t afraid to face opposition. It takes a certain strength of character to take a calculated risk to bring in possibly game changing growth. This is something that isn’t easy to come by. For those who possess this skill, employment will always be readily available.
Equally, when the going is good, it is easy to get complacent. A good leader will use this time to take stock and identify the next big thing.
It can improve employee productivity by helping motivation levels of team members.
No matter how democratic or flat organisations may be, they all need someone with a vision and a strong sense of purpose at the helm. A good leader will back up this intent with an ability to plan and execute and actually work towards achieving these goals. That is precisely what makes this such an in demand skill.
What business skills are in demand in your workplace?
What business skills are you looking for?
And that’s the Dish! Until next time, Belinda
I am Belinda Bow
I love all things marketing and I thrive on seeing a business become re-energised and flourish. I am excited about life and I adore my family.
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