By Susan Hoffman
Contributor, Online Career Tips
When it comes to searching for a new job, it isn’t always easy to know what the hottest business skills are. Some job ads, for example, are a long wish list of the skills and knowledge that companies seek in new hires.
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To find what specific skills are most in demand, you often have to dig deep into a job ad and compare the job description with similar ads for the same type of job. This process can be time-consuming and laborious.
While the hottest business skills vary by industry and era, some hard skills are adaptable to multiple industries. According to Greg Lewis, content marketing manager at LinkedIn, here are the most in-demand business skills companies value right now:
- Cloud computing
- Artificial intelligence
- User experience (UX) design
- Mobile application development
- Natural language processing
- Scientific computing
- Game development
- Customer service systems
- Software testing
- Data science
- Computer graphics
- Analytical reasoning
- People management
- Sales leadership
- Business analysis
- Industrial design
- Competitive strategies
- Corporate communications
- Video production
- Audio production
- Social media marketing
- Digital marketing
Sometimes You’ll Have to Research Job Ads for the Hottest Business Skills Local Employers Require
Unless you’re willing to move out of state to find a new job, chances are you’re probably seeking a job within a reasonable commuting distance. Be sure to do your research on local employers by checking their job ads. For instance, if you’re an IT professional and see several local employers regularly asking for knowledge of Hadoop software or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, get that knowledge before you start actively seeking a new job with one of them.
Don’t Forget Soft Skills, Either
In addition to gaining hard business skills, ensure that you work on improving your soft skills as well. Careers reporter Abigail Hess of CNBC notes that there are five in-demand soft skills for 2019:
- Time management
Concentrate on Staying Employable
Staying employable requires constant learning. It isn’t always easy to find time to research the hottest business skills in your area, but it’s worth the effort to remain informed about what local employers want in their candidates.