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The Top Jobs Skills Employers Want in 2021, Part 1


Employment & Learning

As we look ahead to 2021, we know one thing for certain  – 2020 turned the work world on its head. With a global pandemic creating and enforcing new strategies to keep the wheels turning, remote work became the norm. Some companies embraced the remote work model and will keep it full-time, while others hope to get back to on-site work again in 2021. However, the shift to remote work taught companies a lot of lessons about what it takes to make a great employee in the new normal.

If you’re looking for a way to set yourself apart from the rest of the candidates out there during your next job search, you need to think toward the top job skills employers want in 2021.

Most people who apply for a position have the nuts-and-bolts training required to do the job. But many hiring managers agree that it’s your soft skills that can put you at the top of the list. That being said, there are some hard skills that can up your employment game as well  – especially in the next couple of years.

As you get ready to test the job market in 2021, brush up on the job skills that recruiters and hiring managers will be looking for in top candidates.

Continuous learning

If you want to get ahead you need to embrace continuous learning. By improving your skill set, whether it’s soft skills or hard skills, you boost your chances of improving your career trajectory. Employers love to hear that candidates enjoy learning because it’s necessary in a business world where change and growth are happening at remarkable speed. Check out classes at the YWCA Saskatoon Employment and Learning Centre to see what we have to offer!

Time management

Time management has always been important, but with the acceptance of remote work, it’s more important than ever. That means that your employers have to trust that you can manage your time and get your work done without anyone looking over your shoulder. In today’s age of smartphones, social media, and binge-worthy TV, you need to prove that you can stay on task and on target. For example, prioritize your tasks for the next day before signing off, putting the biggest, ugliest tasks first if you can. Once you tackle those, the rest will come easy, and you’ll stay on target.

Decision making

Having the ability to assess the criteria in front of you and come to a conclusive decision on a regular basis, even if you’re wrong once in a while, marks you as a person who gets things done. It also shows that you’re willing to take risks on occasion  – and that’s a good thing, too.


Collaboration takes a little more conscious effort now. Embracing collaboration and thinking about it proactively as you begin projects shows hiring managers that while you may be working alone in your home, you’re still a team player. Learn cross-functionally; while you may not be able to do everything, learning how and why other teams do what they do will help you work together with them on any project with understanding and patience.

Emotional intelligence

The ability to stay in tune with your own emotions and the emotions of those around you is more valuable than ever and is why it’s an important job skill for 2021. From acknowledging your own emotions to having empathy for the emotions of your co-workers and clients, emotional intelligence will help you be a “people person.”

Creativity and resilience

2021 will be a time of change and growth, for finding solutions and new ideas that move the needle for your company. Resilience goes hand in hand with creativity. Sometimes new ideas don’t work right away  – or at all  – and being able to rebound from a setback with improvements and new ideas shows employers that you will keep their company moving forward.

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 You can view the full original article by Tyle Omoth, of Top Resume, at: