It’s 2014 and people want and need jobs. So what makes you stand out to a recruiter? Why not develop the skills that got other people hired? Thanks to LinkedIn, you can do just that.
LinkedIn is the heart and soul of professional social media. It’s a job networking site, job search function, information exchange, and profile site all rolled into one awesome resource. If you’re a job seeker, you better be on LinkedIn. Recruiters will check out your profile. LinkedIn is one of the easiest and best places to highlight your experiences, skills, organizations, education and anything else you want. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account you need one. JobMonkey has a LinkedIn profile. Do you?
In a recent LinkedIn blog post, they look at over 259 million LinkedIn profiles to explore the skills and work history of the people who are getting hired. Here are the 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired In 2013:
- Social Media Marketing
- Mobile Development
- Cloud and Distributed Computing
- Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
- User Interface Design
- Digital and Online Marketing
- Business Development/Relationship Management
- Retail Payment and Information Systems
- Business Intelligence
- Data Engineering and Data Warehousing
- Web Programming
- Algorithm Design
- Database Management and Software
- Computer Graphics & Animation
- Middleware and Integration Software
- Java Development
- Software QA and User Testing
- PR and Communications
- Software Engineering Management
- Information Security
- Strategy and Strategic Planning
- Storage Systems and Management
That’s quite an impressive list of skills. Which ones are on your resume or LinkedIn profile? According to the blog, it seems that these skills indicate that:
- Technology skills are highly valued.
- We live in a data-driven world.
- Businesses are looking to grow.
Obviously the skills you need to develop for yourself depend on your career choices and job search. If you’re seeking an outdoor oriented position, you may not need any of these skills. Maybe you’ll need first aid certifications, leadership, and foreign language skills.
The skills you need to be successful vary by industry and job. This list from LinkedIn only indicates a trend in the skills that got people hired in 2013. Will you choose to develop any of these skills in the future? That’s up to you.