If youâre currently out on a job hunt or looking for a promotion within your companyâs department, you have probably already updated your resume or CV, but it might also be a good time to learn some new skills for a fresh start in 2014.
From the time you spent studying at an accredited institute to building your career in an industry, you will learn many different skills, but should hone in on those that are considered to be more important than others by employers. Each individual company will be seeking employees for different skills, but hereâs an idea of what your employer or future employer might be looking for when they decide to promote someone to the head of the department or hire new employees.
Keep track with logistics and organization
Of course every employer looks for an employee who is organized and is able to stay on top of their daily tasks and duties, but when it comes to careers that focus on logistics and organization, an employee should really have it down. The transportation and commercial industry relies heavily on programs to be able to keep track of products, and training courses can teach you how to become more flexible and think of creative solutions when it comes to working with different logistic and tracking systems. Consider taking part in a transportation and logistics or supply chain management program for a certificate.
Learn a new language
Learning a new language or improving your oral and written skills of a language that you already know can be a great benefit to yourself (take a vacation to somewhere people speak the language) and new career opportunities. You may not learn perfect French in a week, but it demonstrates your willingness to challenge yourself to trying to learn something new. Who knows? Maybe youâll be able to work abroad as an expatriate at a foreign branch of your company.
Begin with the basics of coding
Speaking of language, the global IT tech markets are growing with more and more businesses expanding their IT departments and seeking employees who know a computer coding language. You shouldnât feel as though you need to become an IT and web developer expert, but it doesnât hurt to learn some basic computer coding language skills such as Visual C#, Visual C++, Java, or Python for the more advanced developers.
Brush up with Microsoft programs
You may already have a basic background knowledge and experience in working with Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. However, the further you develop your skills in Microsoft programs, the more you will stand out as an ideal candidate for a position. Especially if you have learned different shortcuts or are able to perform various functions in Excel such as vlookup, index/match, and pivot tables.
Besides the basics, there are other programs to consider such as the MS Dynamics Ax programs to become more trained in complex enterprise resource planning software. As the IT system grows and the markets become more and more competitive, candidates who understand ERP software systems will be at a tremendous advantage.
Learning or enhancing a skill doesnât always mean that you have to go back to school to hit the books. Your current place of employment may already have or is considering investing in training opportunities for their department employees to become more skilled.