Must-Have Job Skills in 2013

With 2013 just around the corner, employers remain cautious about every dollar spent on employees and want workers to show greater skills and results in the new year. So, if you want that promotion or seek to land that dream job, below are the four must-have job skills you will need in 2013.

Clear Communicationskey for workers to advance

By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. It’s about being clear, concise and focused; being able to tailor your message for the audience and listening to the views of others.   Having good communication skills is essential to getting yourself through the interview process. Successful communication will be critical in 2013.

Personal Brandinghow you represent yourself

Recruiters and hiring managers scour blogs, Twitter and professional networking sites such as LinkedIn when researching candidates and it’s important that they like what they find. Your brand is how you represent yourself on these platforms. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter aren’t just for kids; each social media platform in its own way has become a crucial branding tool for job seekers. Employers want confident, hard-working employees who are committed to achieving excellence. Using these platforms correctly can show employers how confident you are about your unique mix of skills, education, and abilities.

Productivity Improvement – new ways to increase productivity

Workers should find new ways to increase productivity in 2013 because executives are always looking for improvements in employee performance. Implementing a few of the simple methods below will help increase your productivity in 2013:

  • Work harder— find ways to increase your task focus.
  • Work faster—find ways to pick up your work pace.
  • Work on higher value activities—find ways to prioritize your work.
  • Do the things you are better at—find ways to focus on results.
  • Group your tasks—find ways to focus on related tasks.
  • Work smarter—find ways to simplify Your Work.
  • Work longer hours—find more minutes in the day

Flexibility the ability to quickly respond to an employer’s changing needs

In 2013, employers will be looking for candidates who are highly adaptable, mobile, positive, resilient, patient risk-taker who are open to new ideas. Flexible team players thrive in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.  These types of skills help you manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments. Employers want you to show them that you’re the kind of person who will find a way through any challenge, even when the going gets tough.

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