[CAREER COACH 101] 2020: Top Skills For Career Success

As we begin a new decade it is critical to focus on 2020 and the top skills for career success. The current job market is heavily focused on technical skills. But to be effective in your transition, and your career, you also want to highlight transferable and soft skills to potential employers. Recruiters and hiring managers will give you very limited time, however. Therefore you need to  communicate the right combination of skills in an effective verbal or written message. 

Technical Skills

According to CIO the top 10 technical skills to get you hired include for example:

  1. SQL
  2. Java
  3. Python
  4. Linux
  5. Javascript
  6. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  7. C++
  8. C
  9. C#
  10. .net

This can be great news for many IT professionals. But it does not help many others who are not the techie type. If you are interested in transitioning to technology jobs consider pursuing a coding boot camp to boost your technical skills.

Transferable Skills

If your 2020 goals include a career detour or you are a recent graduate you want to highlight your transferable skills. These are general skills that can be transferred between jobs, departments and industries. According to WikiJob the top 10 transferable skills are:

  1. Business Strategy
  2. Leadership and Team Management
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Teamwork Ability
  5. Data Analysis
  6. Communication Skills
  7. Time Management
  8. Work Ethic
  9. Commercial Awareness
  10. Listening and Providing Feedback
Soft Skills

Similarly, recruiters and hiring managers are also interested in your soft skills. According to the World Economic Forum the top 10 soft skills for career success in 2020 and beyond include for example:

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity 
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating With Others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgment and Decision Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation 
  10. Cognitive Flexibility

In conclusion, 2020 brings many job opportunities. But many job seekers often underestimate the challenges and what they really need for an effective transition. Above all, you are not just looking for a new job: you are also looking for the right opportunity. Success in your transition highly depends on your ability to clearly articulate your skills and value proposition.  In other words, how to craft an effective message to get attention from target recruiters and hiring managers.

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