The world is very small. Need proof? Consider that there are over 3.5 billion Internet users globally, with over two billion people accessing the Internet from a handheld device. Combine that with the fact that you can learn almost anything online, via YouTube or websites dedication to educational endeavors such as Udemy, and it means that some skills — maybe any — can easily be learned and executed by anyone across the globe with access to high speed internet.
Make no mistake, pursuing an education and learning a skill is vital in a career these days. In research conducted by NoGRE.com, since 1980 the number of jobs requiring more education, experience and training has doubled compared to jobs requiring less preparation.
The same research looked at a few of the most influential companies and analyzed how they recruited new employees. The results show that these companies continue to place great emphasis on university education, with the following companies recruiting most of their employees from the top 200 colleges:
- 95 percent of Facebook employees
- 80 percent of Google employees
- 70 percent of Morgan Stanley employees
- 60 percent of Microsoft employees
With that said, social skills were also rated very high by employers. In fact, while positions requiring strong analytical skills, such as critical thinking and computer skills, have increased 77 percent over the past three decades, jobs that require strong interpersonal, management and communication skills have increased by 83 percent.
Moreover, when asked about the top traits sought in new recruits, managers ranked the following interpersonal skills in the top five:
- 80.1 percent emphasized leadership skills
- 78.9 percent cited the ability to work well in a team
- 70.2 percent indicated strong written communication skills
- 70.2 percent highlighted the importance of problem solving
- 68.9 percent indicated strong verbal communication skills
So how do recruits stay ahead? It starts with attitude. To rise above the competitive noise, you need to first acknowledge that to find the right job, you need to be pertinent now as well as in the future. This means that you must adopt habits and routines that allow you to continuously learn, stay flexible and ultimate adapt to change.
Next are your expectations. Wondering if you should be prioritizing your happiness above financial gain? According to NoGRE.com, you are not alone. Company culture actually leads the criteria for those currently seeking a career.
- 64 percent of Millennials would consider a significant cut in starting salary in order to work for a company they believed in.
- 70 percent of employees who lack confidence in senior leaders say they are not fully engaged in their work.
Next is preparation for the search, starting with your resume. Many recruits fail to see the value in creating a stellar resume, which ultimately is the first impression recruiters have. Consider that 250 resumes on average are submitted for every corporate job opening. Of these, only four to six will ever get to the interview stage, and only one will be offered the job — assuming, of course, that the company finds a worthy candidate in a one round of recruiting.
Without a great resume — or even one with minor issues — your chances of rising above the crowd is greatly hindered.
Finally, the interview is your last chance to shine, therefore you need to be prepared to use this opportunity to make an real impression. Meeting the standards for the position is not enough, you need to go above and beyond expectations and make yourself known for something specific. You need to develop a personal “unique selling proposition” that will make you indispensable to your workplace.
Remember that the interview is your chance to also ask great questions. Not only will this help you learn more about the company, it also demonstrates your level of interest in the company.
Overall, there no shortcuts to landing a great job. It requires planned preparation as well as refined social skills. In the end, however, all of the effort will pay off by helping you rise above the crowd, demonstrate your value and land the job you want.