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The Top 5 Skills To Have On Your CV Today

To remain competitive in the modern job market it is essential to stay on top of the current employment trends. Knowing what competencies and skills are most prized by today’s employers is key to writing a successful job application. LinkedIn’s analysis of its multi-million network of professionals and job listings reveals exactly which soft and hard skills you should be putting on your resume.

Block chain, cloud computing, analytical reasoning, AI and UX design are the top 5 hard skills sought after by companies, while creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and emotional intelligence rank highest among the soft skills relevant to employers.

For each of these must-have skills, there are plenty of online courses. Done your fair share of e-learning and looking for ideas to inspire your professional development strategy? Here’s what we suggest:

To spark your creativity

James Young, a renowned American ad man, devised a technique for generating ideas. There are five steps to the process:

1) Gathering material

2) Working over the material in your mind

3) Stepping away from the problem

4) Allowing the idea to come back to you

5) Testing the idea in the real world and adjusting it based on feedback

Be careful not to skip any steps – each plays an important role in allowing the idea to and reach its full potential.

You know what else gets your creative juices flowing? Classical music! We are adding Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to our brainstorming playlist – what about yours?

To cultivate collaboration

The way to increase collaboration, according to the President of Radical Collaboration Jim Tamm, is to stop being a red zone chicken and become a green zone chicken instead. Red zone chickens are those aggressive types usually found in conflicted and hostile environments. They are driven by internal competition resulting in a lack of in-group cooperation and, consequently, uncollaborative workplaces. Green zone chickens, on the other hand, are supportive and synergetic - traits that produce safe, high-trust and low-blame environments where competitive spirit flows outward rather than inward.

The first most important step you can take towards becoming a more cooperative team member is to reduce your defensiveness. Start by learning to recognise when you are getting defensive. Once you have acknowledged the feeling, you can start overcoming it – slow down, disengage from negative self-talk and, finally, allow yourself to recover - take a deep breath or go for a walk. By reducing your own defensiveness you will make others feel less defensive too, thus eventually creating a collaborative green zone environment.

Find Jim Tamm’s full TedTalk here.

To boost your adaptability

Adaptability is key to success, in the workplace and in life generally. How we define adaptability determines how we act on it. For Max McKeown, a renowned author and leadership expert, adaptability is a strategy for winning, not merely coping. Bob Iger, long-time CEO of the Walt Disney Company, equates adaptability with the willingness to take smart risks. ‘If you remain in status quo – most probably you’ll fail. So taking risks without fear is the only way forward, but make sure to learn what might happen if the risk goes wrong’, - says Iger. At QFinds, we are taking deliberate effort to boost workplace adaptability by collaborating, being inquisitive and remaining open to change.

To improve your persuasion skills

In his new book on the psychology of persuasion, Daniel Spade outlines three crucial elements of persuasive communication. If you want to persuade someone to do something, make sure that your message conveys:

- your intention

- your honesty

- the benefits of the action for those you’re trying to persuade

To achieve this, take your time to define your own goals clearly (writing them down is the best way to achieve clarity), set yourself a deadline to work towards, and make sure that the other party understands and appreciates the positive impacts of your proposal for them.

To develop emotional intelligence

Being empathetic, authentic and aware of your own feelings are signs of high EQ (Emotional Intelligence is more important than IQ by Daniel Goldman).

5 main components of emotional intelligence are: self-awareness -- understanding your strengths and weaknesses; self-regulation -- controlling your impulses; internal motivation -- creating the safe environment to strive and achieve your goals; empathy -- understanding the emotional state of others and social skills -- identifying common ground and build networks.

Confidence, negotiation, influence, ability to inspire others are great social skills for success.

However, it’s complicated to show these social skills on paper CV. We suggest using some extra tools like a video CV to demonstrate your emotional intelligence and authentic self. If you want to give it a go, try QFinds app which is available both on iOS or Android.