Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the October 23, 2006 issue of QuintZine.
According to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the skills most desired in management-level employees are:
- Oral communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Analytical skills
- Teamwork skills
- Computer skills
- Proficiency in a field of study
- Written communication skills
- Leadership skills
- Work experience
The Echo newsletter, published by Communispond, points out that oral communication skills are more valued than actual subject-matter expertise. “Building these skills is a vital part of every professional’s development,” The Echo notes.
The Herman Group, Inc,. presented this case in its book, Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People. “While there have been some challenges to our forecast, many others now use our projections. Whether the actual shortfall will be 8, 10, or 14 million, it is clear that employers find it increasingly difficult to hire and retain the people they need,” the newsletter reports.
The Trend Report further notes: “In 2004, in our ‘Red Alert Paper,’ we reported that the employment market was shifting from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market. Now, employee turnover is increasing even faster, as talented employees seek better job opportunities. The phenomenon is not limited to the United States or North America. We see these conditions developing at an alarming pace in developed — and some developing — countries around the world. This global shortage of skilled workers — educated and trained to perform the work of today and tomorrow — will affect everyone. ”
From “The Herman Trend Alert,” by Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurists. (800) 227-3566. The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc.
Read our article on this issue, How to Capitalize on the Looming Skills Shortage.
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