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Top 3 Skills Employers are looking for 2021

As the world of work has shifted into more virtual and online-centric enterprise, businesses are searching for employees that can easily fit into this new work model. So, we’re sharing with you the top three skills employers are looking for in 2021.

Data Literacy

You’ve probably heard of this term before, but what is data literacy and why is it important?

First things first, you need to understand how data affects your personal life and workplace. Information is readily available to us with a push of a button. It can influence our decisions, whether we know it or not.

Let’s say you’re on your way to purchase the latest and newest IPhone. But how do you know you want to buy it?

There are a ton of factors you consider such as the price, product features and your personal experience with Apple. You may even compare the IPhone to other phones in the market. Your inner circle also plays a big role in your purchasing behaviour. Typically you wouldn’t purchase an IPhone if your friends, family or favorite celebrity didn’t like it. Or if it had horrible, one star reviews.

So, all this information you’re seeking out, helps businesses understand you as a customer.

Online retailers and streaming services, like Netflix and Apple use it to personalize your buying experiences. They’ll use your past transactions, browsing history, social media engagements to suggest and design products that appeal to you.

Data literacy is a game changer. Companies need it to serve their customers, plan ahead, improve their processes and compete in the industry. So, businesses need employees who can analyze and translate that data into value.

Tech savviness

Technology is part of our everyday life. So, of course this would be part of the list. So what does it actually mean to be tech savvy? Why is it important?

Being tech savvy means you’re well informed on how to use technology, like computers and its software. Yes, that includes Microsoft Office.

Let’s say you’re applying for an entry-level position at Tim Hortons. Super basic but yet all their cashier registers and machines are computerized. You’ll find that many businesses will require some sort of knowledge and skills in technology.

Tech savviness is very much tied in with data literacy. Businesses need the right technology to track and capture customer data, improve customer relationships and solve real-time problems. As more companies move away from brick and mortar into e-commerce, they’ll need people who are not only good with their software but who are willing to develop new skills as tech advances.

Creative thinking

The pandemic has forced all of us to think outside of the box which has caused a surge in small to medium size business. (AMAZING)

Creativity is not just about being artistic, it’s taking new ideas and turning it into new innovations. It’s an essential part of problem solving. Some of the best creative thinkers are entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, because they’re constantly asking questions and challenging the status quo.

Imagine a world where Steve Jobs or Elon Musk played it safe? The IPhone and Tesla would’ve never existed and our lives would be completely different from what it is now. And that’s the power of creativity. It pushes boundaries, shatters accepted thinking, and in some cases it can affect an entire industry.

You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to learn how to think creatively. The great thing about it is there’s no “right” method or way. The eureka or “aha” moment can simply happen when you least expect it.

Businesses are willing to invest in research and design because they know it can create new products and services. So they people with different backgrounds to find innovative solutions, predict trends and stay ahead of the game

Data literacy, tech savviness and creative thinking are the most demanded skills employers are looking for.

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