What if you knew the skills employers in Singapore were looking for? Then you could work on improving/attaining those skills to be more attractive in the job market. A recent study by STJobs identified the skills employers wanted most in 2014. If you want to get a better job and earn more money, consider developing one or more of these 5 skills to impress employers.
1. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
By far the most valued skill by employers in Singapore 2014 – employees with great communication and interpersonal skills simply win more jobs. According to the study, this skill was mentioned in 24,328 job postings. When a workplace has skilled communicators, work flow processes are smoother and companies are more productive. If you want to stand out in the job market, commit to improving your communication and interpersonal skills.
2. Microsoft Office and Office Administration
Since most jobs require computer work, employers wanted to hire people who can demonstrate these technical skills. According to the study, this skill group was mentioned in 11,531 job postings in Singapore. Because administrative functions are common in business and vital to every day operations, having these skills will help you fit in at the work place more seamlessly.
3. Customer Service
If a business needs to deal with customers, good customer service skills are vital to that company’s continued success. According to the study, customer service skills were listed in 5,572 job postings. When an employee has good people skills and remains patient, more customers will remain loyal to the company or brand.
4. Sales Skills
The fourth most in-demand skill employers in Singapore looked for was sales skills. Listed in 2,899 job postings, the study indicated that these money making skills are vital to companies. Being able to sell a product is a skill that can be used over and over again to generate revenue for the company. Since companies are concerned with their bottom line numbers, it is clear why sales skills make the list.
5. Accounting Skills
Because companies are required to produce financial statements, accounting skills are vital to compliance. Accounting also helps businesses make wiser decisions when it comes to growth and budgets. This skill was mentioned in 1,136 job postings according to the STJobs study. Being able to accurately keep track of a company’s financial pulse is a desirable skill to many employers.
Now that you know the top 5 skills that employers looked for in employees in 2014, you can go into 2015 with intention. If you’re looking for a new job in Singapore or want to earn a higher salary, consider improving in some of these areas.