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Job Seekers: Skills to Stay Relevant for the Future

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Looking for a job has proven to be one of the most daunting tasks ever! It can get really exhausting and frustrating, and at some point even leave you feeling like you’ll remain a jobseeker forever.

Pro tips to ensure that you stay relevant in this phase of your life include:

  • Carve out a name for yourself in your industry, by building a personal brand. Establishing your presence on social media is a good way to start.
  • Freelance, apply for some paid contract jobs and some free contract jobs, and give your best efforts. It provides resources you can add to your portfolio, and experience that will give you leverage in recruiters’ assessments.
  • Connect with like-minded people in your industry. Mentors are an asset, so attend seminars, webinars, programs and events where they show up. The best patronage comes from good recommendations.
  • Upskill; learn, unlearn and relearn. Never stop taking courses, acquiring skills and participating in contests that you can be awarded, to improve your skills.

Here are a few of such skills, that every job seeker should acquire to stay relevant in the future:

  • Communication skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Interpersonal/ good people relations skills.
  • Excellent team work and collaboration skills.

In 2022, technical skills aka hard skills, alongside the soft skills of;  communication skills, problem solving skills and others listed above, have experienced an upsurge in demand.

Most recruiters now look out for:

  1.  Computer Literacy. In addition to the soft skills of oral and written communication and professional command of the English language, recruiters want to be assured that you have proficiency in the use of computers for work productivity. Most commonly requested, is knowledge in the use of:

•WordPress.   •Microsoft Office Suite.   •Spreadsheets.   •WPS Office

  • Data Analysis. Subject to what area of expertise your dream job specializes in, employers want to know if you are efficient in:

•Research.      •Creative thinking.     •Data presentation.    •Data Visualization    •Database management      •Data Analytics

  • Software Skills. Especially if you are looking to get hired in a tech firm or a company whose work is engineering related, you’ll need to acquire skills that give you insight on software functions and organization, like:

• Coding.     •Programming.   •Operating systems.   •System administration.  •Network administration

  • Design and Marketing Skills. You are very likely to have an edge over your counterparts as a job seeker, if you have knowledge and experience in:

•Digital Marketing.   •UI/UX Design.   •Search Engine Optimization.  •Search Engine Marketing.  •Copywriting.   •Content Creation/Content Marketing.   •Email marketing.   •Google Analytics.  •Graphics Design   •Web Development/Design.

In Summary,

Staying relevant as a job seeker, requires that you acquire both soft skills and hard skills (ensure that they are included and highlighted in your resume),  improve them via practice jobs, freelance and volunteer jobs, draw attention to them by building your personal brand and showing up on social media, and  networking.

Stay positive and don’t stop growing, you’ll get the job of your dreams one day!

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1 Comment

  1. Obinna Chidozie
    June 22, 2022

    hi I need a job

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