The Skills Employers Want Most During The Pandemic
Post date: 2020-06-18 09:35:05
Be flexible and adaptable
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
Digital And Coding Skills
Whenever you are stepping into your professional career or facing an interview, it's your skills that make the perfect impression of yours in front of your hiring authorities and potential recruiters. And of course, the desirable skills set changes with industry to industry and also with time, norms, technologies, and circumstances.
The COVID-19 (unofficially known as coronavirus) pandemic and the countrywide lockdown changes the most of our life, how we live, how we travel and the way to complete our daily office jobs. Our workplaces have changed completely to deal with such extreme conditions and fear of economic downfall. And it will not back to normal just after the pandemic comes to control. So, overall the pandemic influences the must-have skills of a job candidate too.
In this article, we will discuss which skill you should highlight amid the pandemic and to gear up the post-COVID-19 job situation. So read this out to know, whether you have the right skill to stand out the pool of other candidates.
Be flexible and adaptable:
The countrywide lockdown has brought about lots of changes in our today’s lives and there will be more changes waiting for our way after the pandemic is finally over. The ways companies are operating and working have changed a lot. Employers need candidates who can easily adapt to such abrupt changes. One needs to continuously update and refresh their skills to get success in the post coronavirus world. Now employees are expected to work efficiently from home and office depending on circumstances. And to be adaptable with such a harsh situation also makes you flexible and resilient. So that you can respond quickly with changing expectations, ideas, and work responsibilities.
This is one of the best ways to deal with job opportunities in the post-COVID world. You have to acquire most of your technological skills. Most of the organizations, startups are shifting to digital transformation in a fast track intending to become more resilient for future disruption, pandemic, and outbreaks. To be in a greater position as a job seeker, you must have the technical knowledge of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, and virtual and augmented realities to help the companies out to deal with digitization. Whether you land up in an accounting office or a factory, you must be comfortable with these tech tools along with specific subject knowledge.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking:
Critical thinking and problem-solving ability are one of the important skills to deal with the damage to the global economy due to COVID-19. Day-to-day tasks are getting even more complicated due to the pandemic. So to run the operation smoothly, it is desirable to have the ability to analyze the problems logically and come up with unique and effective solutions. During this pandemic, the no of fake data and misinterpretation of news have reached a spike, and organizations need to determine the credibility of data and studies. And for that, they will need people with critical thinking ability to come up with an informed decision. So, right now job applicants who can prove that they can think critically and find innovative solutions to upcoming business problems will get a much better chance of being hired.
Digital And Coding Skills
The digital transformation of organizations has already been started in the last few years but got a real boost because of coronavirus. That’s why professionals who have digital skills, including web development, coding, and digital marketing, have become more important compared to the present situation. all organizations are now thriving to be digital, so there are more opportunities for people having digital skills in their skillset.
Amid this crisis, only people having strong leadership skills can lead the whole team to great success. As whenever a ship is in trouble, only a captain can sail it out. The next big thing is expected to go to be work from home. Already, most of the tech giants such as Twitter have asked their employers to continue to work from home until the end of 2020. So, any organization needs people who can manage the team remotely and effectively and inspire and motivate teammates to work hard to bring out the best of the projects. So, leadership is the ultimate quality of yours that will help you much to get hired.
This link is closely related to leadership skills, and required to deal with challenging and uncertain times. Emotional intelligence is a skill that makes you able to express and control your emotions, and also be aware of your colleague’s emotions. In the current scenario, when the future of a job and the state of your business are somehow uncertain, it is the ultimate key to connect with others in a better way on an emotional level.
During the pandemic, most of the works have to complete remotely over video and phone calls. So, if you are not being able to work efficiently with others, then it will be the most negative point of yours. So regardless of the situation, you are in, you have to be able to work with others as a team. And to do that, one more underlying skill is required, i.e. communication skills. You must be able to communicate well with other employees, clients, customers and higher authorities. And while contributing your idea, you must listen to other’s input too; that is you have to be a good listener too.
These are a few necessary skills that employers are looking for in candidates in all working environments during and after a pandemic. As our office environments are changing, sharpen up these seven skills to get your space in your dream industry and make yourself comfortable to work in a busy office or within the comfort of homes. But don’t forget your actual skill or expertise required for the specific job, while you are showcasing these additional skills during this difficult time.