A lot of people think that a degree and credentials are all they need to get a job anywhere in the world. This may have been true decades ago, but today, you need more than a few pieces of paper issued by a university or college to get a local or foreign-based employer to sit up and take interest in your application.
Standing Out From the Competition
To get ahead in the global job market, you need to have an impressive skill set. But what skills are the most in-demand today? These are:
No skill can set you apart from your fellow job seekers more, than being proficient in two or more languages. Having the ability to speak a foreign language will enhance your employment opportunities and even boost your compensation offer.
If you have already set your sights on a particular country to work and live in, learning that nation’s language will help improve your employability chances. In case you don’t have a specific language in mind yet, you won’t go wrong with learning Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and English if you are not an expert speaker or writer yet. These four are the most widely used languages in the world today.
- Communication skills
Being proficient in your native tongue and other languages can take you places. However, you also need to have excellent communication skills which should be evident whether you use a native language or secondary ones.
The essential communication skills must include active listening, presentation, and excellent writing capabilities. Today, one highly sought-after communication skill is the ability to explain technical concepts to others who are not as knowledgeable or tech-savvy as you.
- Researching skills
Regardless of your level or position, you will need to do some research on a regular basis. Although the internet has made researching an easier and quicker job, you will still need to show a certain flair in terms of separating factual and evidence-based information from false ones or hoaxes.
You must also have the ability to gather in-depth information.
Whatever industry you will be in, you will encounter a lot of job-related problems which you need to solve on your own or with your co-workers. As such, you need to have the capacity to utilize your creativity, available information and resources, reasoning faculties, and past experiences to resolve these issues.
This skill is something that many employers look for and value since it can save everyone at the company a lot of valuable time. You can showcase this skill on your CV or resume, and during your interview, by providing a specific example of when the company you worked for had a sticky situation and you played an important role in addressing or fixing the problem.
- Project management
Project management used to be a job in itself. However, many global companies expect their employees to be organized and have planning skills when they are given a job, and as such, most employers are now looking for people with these abilities.
Project management skills include organization, planning, and effectively implementing projects and tasks for yourself and other people.
- Process improvement
Process improvement pertains to the proactive task of identifying, analyzing, and improving the organization’s current business processes and practices for optimization, increased efficiency, and better standards of quality.
This is a skill that many employers will really value since one of the important goals of every company is to save money. Finding ways to improve business procedures and implementing them effectively can save an organization time and money.
You can highlight this skill on your CV and interview by listing the before and after facts of projects that you took the lead on, and quantify the results.
- Interpersonal skills
Lastly, having great social and interpersonal skills is crucial for any employer since nobody wants a new employee that the current staff simply can’t work with. As such, the ability to work in teams, relate to people, and manage conflicts are assets you need to work on having.
Personal achievements are things you can be proud of, but you also need to show that you can work well with others.
To gain career advancement in the global job market, you need to have an array of skills sought out by global companies. As such, always be on the lookout for ways to build, improve and add to your skill set so that you can stand out from the competition and gain the interest of prospective employers from any part of the world.
A recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, David is the Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. In 2003, David set up Mackenzie Jones in the UK, growing the business across two offices in London and Birmingham. In 2005 David established Mackenzie Jones in Dubai to serve the Gulf region and neighboring countries. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.