TAP In with Tristan : Top Skills Recruiters Want in 2021 (Pt. 2)

Tristan Layfield concludes his coverage of the top skills recruiters will be looking for in 2021. Forbes has a council of Human Resources leaders who have shared the top 10 skills they will be looking for in the new year, and Tristan covers the final five. The first five were in Part 1 last week, so check it out if you haven’t already!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. On the last tip, we started discussing the top 10 skills recruiters will be looking for in 2021. We got through the first 5, and now we’re going to discuss the remaining ones.

First up is flexibility. The way we worked this year changed very quickly, and things are likely to change multiple times in the near future. Some things will be familiar, and many things may be new. Companies want candidates who can pivot as they need to.

Next is dedication. While the world has been in crisis, companies have had to figure out a way to continue to operate. Their employees have shown up daily to get the job done, and they are looking for more employees with that same level of dedication to the work.

The third skill is a coaching mindset. Coaching is the foundation of team development, action, and connection. Companies are looking for people who can notonly take coaching but can also coach others within the business to help solve problems.

The fourth skill is comfort with ambiguity. In an ever-changing landscape, things can switch up overnight, literally. Businesses want to understand how you’ve successfully dealt with ambiguity in the past to know how you may deal with the inevitable ambiguity you’ll face in the near future.

The last skill they discussed was thriving in a virtual environment. Considering that many companies have transitioned to remote work, and most will remain virtual for some time, companies want you to demonstrate that you can drive successful outcomes in virtual work environments. Job seekers can position themselves as the best candidate by showing they know how to use tech tools to collaborate with teams, be responsive, and remain visible in the organization.

There seems to be a running theme with many of the skills they highlighted. Companies are looking for candidates who will be able to roll with the punches and navigate the uncertain future of business. So job seekers will have to find ways to showcase and demonstrate their abilities to do just that.

Thanks for tapping in with me this week.

This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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