Ten essential skills that employers are actively searching for now

May 7, 2014

While researching job market shifts for a recent Thinkopolis labour report, we decided to take a closer look at which skills and abilities employers are most actively seeking out right now. Having that information could help you decide what to highlight in your job applications and perhaps also help people to choose the education and training they might need if they’re just entering the job market or seeking to make a change.

While there are no guarantees to employment, acquiring and demonstrating the most in-demand skills by employers can greatly increase your hireability. Even in a sluggish job market, there are roles that companies are struggling to recruit for – and critical skills that are urgently sought after.

Based on job postings on Workopolis, as well as employer searches in our resume database, and other job market research, here are some currently much sought-after competencies.

Essential employability skills for 2014

  • Analytical / Research Skills
  • A skilled trade: Carpentry / Electrical / Plumbing / Welding
  • Financial expertise
  • Instructing / Coaching / Training
  • Project management
  • Programming / Coding
  • Sales abilities
  • Search Engine Optimization / Search Engine Marketing
  • Web design
  • Writing / Communications skills

Along with the urgent job-specific competencies, top level Canadian business leaders say that where candidates often don’t measure up is in their level of soft skills. Two-thirds of executives told us that rather than job-specific qualifications, it was the basic business and people skills they were having trouble finding.

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Reference: Workopolis

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