5 Essential Skills for Succeeding in Today’s Offices

Jobseekers, take note: while prospective employers may peruse resumes and CVs to find candidates with the right education, experience, and qualifications, the skills to succeed on the job and to move up in a company are rarely listed on job descriptions. It's one of the many reasons employers are rapidly moving to Digital Interviews, as well as gaining insight in to personalities by looking at social profiles.

These facts are only becoming more solidified and important in today’s fast-paced, highly-connected, and collaborative offices. At many companies, it’s no longer enough to simply be adept at the range of responsibilities outlined on your job title. Instead, employers are seeking versatile workers who are self-sufficient, can quickly pitch in on a variety of tasks, and can lead both small and large projects.

At TA Staffing, we believe the top candidates for both open positions and promotions in 2017 and beyond possess these skills:

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Effective and efficient communication is an absolute must-have for officer workers in 2017. With responsibilities blurring between individual employees and even departments, being able to quickly and clearly communicate an idea via email, face-to-face, in a meeting, during a presentation, or even via a Skype session are requirements for many positions now—especially as workplaces become more decentralized and employees are more likely to work remotely.

  1. Basic photo editing, HTML, and programming skills

While photographers, graphic designers, web designers, and developers still play important roles in today’s job market, many of the tasks that were previously reserved for them are now shared by employees in other roles. A big reason for this change is simply the increase of tech-savvy employees in workplaces and their comfort level and familiarity with various software and markup/programming languages.

  1. Hardware and software troubleshooting skills

When computers first became ubiquitous in offices in the early to mid-90s, IT departments were an absolute necessity to keep things running smoothly. But as computers and software have become more user-friendly—and work has moved to other devices, including phones and tablets—IT professionals are often allocated elsewhere in their day-to-day work. Because of that, it’s important for workers to be able to quickly diagnose and fix minor software and hardware issues on the job to maintain their productivity.

  1. Ability to handle and adapt to the unexpected

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important for almost all employees, and more and more companies are onboard with flexible work hours and working locations. However, almost every workplace has periods of intense activity and tight deadlines. Workers who stand out the most during these times and who prove their value are the ones who don’t bat an eye about working long hours to complete a project or to assist a coworker who needs a helping hand during crunch time.

  1. Recognizing and addressing professional weaknesses

Self-reflection can often be a painful process, especially when it reveals truths about ourselves that we’d prefer not to dwell on. The same is true for professional self-evaluations, and yet workers who regularly undertake this process almost always find themselves to be more effective and efficient employees because of it. Whether it’s realizing they need additional training, a workplace mentor, or simply a renewed focus on their jobs, conscientious employees are considered highly trainable and thus valuable assets to their employers.

Posted by Jeff Bates at 4:07 PM
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