According to a report by NACE (the National Association of Colleges and Employers), which analysed the top skills most sought after by employers in 2015, the primary workplace skill that employers seek in candidates is leadership, followed by good team working skills. The report, titled Job Outlook 2015, discovered that leadership skills were important to a staggering 77.8% of employers.
Let’s take a look at which other skills will get you noticed by employers in 2015…
#1 Leadership 77.8%
Leadership skills got a bad ‘rep’ in previous years because employers believed that a candidate with strong leadership skills would eventually leave their organisation if they could not offer them a position that involved leading a team. However, the 2015 job market requires candidates with the ability to lead and coach a team.
#2 Teamwork 77.8%
This skill requirement may seem like a contradiction to the leadership skill mentioned above, but this skill is just as vital as leadership in a candidate in 2015. Why? Because even leaders need to be able to work well in a team. This is typically achieved through effective collaboration and playing people to their strengths to achieve a goal.
#3 Written communication skills 73.4%
Both verbal and written communication skills are important in any workplace environment, but it appears that employers view written communication skills essential for their 2015 hires. These skills are often shown at the beginning of the application process by having a flawless CV and cover letter.
#4 Problem-solving skills 70.9%
With market risks, unstable business outlooks and cost-cutting required, the ability to solve problems is now considered a ‘critical’ skill in business. Candidates with this skill are looked upon favourably by recruiters.
#5 Strong work ethic 70.4%
There is nothing more admirable than an employee who works hard for the company and goes above and beyond their specified duties to ensure that targets are met and goals are achieved. It is employees like this that employers are looking for in 2015.
Other skills ranked by importance to employers (from most to least important)
- Analytical/quantitative skills
- Technical skills
- Verbal communication skills
- Computer skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Organizational ability
- Strategic planning skills
- Friendly personality
- Entrepreneurial skills
Surprisingly, computer skills were only important to 62.2% of employers, while creativity was important to a mere 18.2% of employers. Last year, computer skills were essential to most companies due to the increased use of technology in the workplace, while creativity has been considered important for many years as it means candidates have the ability to ‘think outside the box’, something that most companies strive for.
The results from the NACE report are interesting and will give most candidates something to think about when listing their skills and attributes on their CV! The fact remains; employers will choose a candidate with leadership and team working skills over another similarly qualified candidate. With this in mind, if you are hoping to get hired this year, brush up on your leadership and team working skills by taking training courses to develop your skillset.