International recruitment firm Hays has identified 10 skills that are in growing demand in the international job market. Their clients say these are the talents in most demand. How many can you tick off, to improve your employment chances in a new country?
English is the main language of international business, but having an extra language or two on top of that is increasingly valuable.
2. Interpersonal skills
Making yourself understood and agreeable to clients, colleagues and senior management is important. Successful employees need to fit in, work well and present their ideas and projects confidently.
A natural flair for team management is highly sought after.
Businesses love employees with good time-management skills, who are able to get the most out of their day’s work without needing to be micro-managed.
5. IT skills
Of course, everyone needs to be computer competent these days, and different industries will have specific requirements on top of that. But IT skills that are in demand across the board include JAVA, .NET and C++
6. Green credentials
As industry struggles to conserve the planet’s remaining resource, Green skills are becoming increasingly important. Can you help your company reduce its environmental impact?
Belts are tightening, so companies need people who can source the best deals. If you’re a natural haggler and capable of making savings on supplies and services, you’re in demand.
8. Research & development
R&D skills are especially in demand in Technology, industrial, retail and life science industries.
We’re all living longer. We need more people to look after us.
A good head for figures will help companies use their funds efficiently – and who doesn’t need to keep a close eye on their spreadsheets in this economic climate?
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