Soft skills for Job

As well as skills specific to the job you’re going for, employers are also looking for general job skills. These are sometimes called ‘employability skills’ or ‘soft skills’. These types of skills will make you stand out.
Even if you don’t think you have any job skills, you have these employability skills if you’re:

  • dependable
  • easy to get along with
  • open to learning new things.
  • Commercial awareness
  • Good communication
  • Effective leadership and management
  •  Planning and research skills
  •  Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Demographics, cultural trends and new technologies are rapidly
  • changing the job market.

People are living much longer than we used to. New technologies and automation are rapidly replacing repetitive jobs. New communication tools are eliminating formerly popular mediums for disseminating information (good-bye printed newspapers) at the same time as requiring more advanced media literacy skills for most new jobs.
After researching job market shifts for a recent Thinkopolis labour report, we’ve taken a closer look at how to choose education and training for the job market of the next five to ten years.

Key take-aways

• When it comes to landing a job, digital literacy is the new literacy
• Eight jobs that will always be in demand
• Where the jobs will (and won’t) be created over the next five to ten years
• Communications, tech savvy, and constant learning will be required for jobs in all fields


On the bright side of jobs being replaced by technology is that this means a boost in technology-related career options. Every new form of automation or robotics requires engineers and technicians to develop and maintain.
The move from desktops and laptop to smart phones and tablets has created a current high demand for application developers and designers. So while we can’t predict exactly where technology will be at in 2020, but we can advise people to keep up with the latest trends and tools of their time.


The aging population will continue to require more workers in a wide range of medical professions. Doctors, obviously, will be in demand, but also Nurses, Healthcare Managers and Technicians, Pharmacists, Care-givers and Elder-care Coordinators.
A mixture of healthcare and technology education would be a powerful combination. Biomedical engineering is expected to be one of the hottest fields over the coming decade.
Alternately, learning both healthcare and business management skills could also lead to numerous career paths in hospitals, clinics, private care institutions and public health departments.

Business and Finance

Businesses will continue to seek new ways attract customers and understand market trends. Data analysts, and market researchers will continue to be hot career paths for the foreseeable future.
Skilled sales people are always in demand. When making financial decisions, many people still like to talk to a human being and shake someone’s hand. That can’t be automated. For that same reason, financial advisors and financial services jobs will continue to be secure options.

What are transferable skills?

Transferable skills are various abilities, knowledge and behaviors that can apply to any type of work. Most soft skills are transferable because they are related to general work habits and your attitude toward coworkers and clients. Transferable skills such as teamwork and strategic thinking are highly flexible and can be a benefit in your job regardless of the environment. Since no two jobs are the same, employers seek out candidates with transferable skills because they show that the applicant is flexible and adaptable.

Top 12 flexible career skills

Even if you are planning to stay at one company or industry for a long time, having flexible or transferable job skills can still support success in your career. Since some companies may value certain skills more than others, research potential employers to learn which skills you should focus on developing. Here are some of the top job skills that will help you succeed in any industry:
1. Decision-making
2. Multitasking
3. Creative problem-solving
4. Collaboration
5. Communication
6. Professionalism
7. Integrity
8. Management
9. Initiative
10. Empathy
11. Leadership
12. Teamwork

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