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Employers hire graduates who can demonstrate important transferable skills such as teamwork and creative problem solving, and also grasp the latest technologies, digital tools, and techniques like coding, analytics, and social media while showcasing creativity and innovation. 

Transferrable Skills

Transferrable or soft skills easily transfer from job to job or profession to profession without much training. They are especially in demand today because it’s much more difficult to teach an employee a soft skill such as developing rapport with coworkers or knowing how to manage conflict. An employer might rather hire an inexperienced detail-oriented worker than an experienced worker who might cause problems on a work team.

These skills include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Creativity
  • Work Ethic
  • Interpersonal Skills

Functional Skills

Hard skills are concrete or objective abilities that you learn and perhaps have mastered. Because of technology, the skills required today are constantly changing and evolving. That’s why it’s important to keep abreast of trends, understanding what skills certain job roles and industries demand and begin to master those skills to make you a more competitive candidate. 

Top In-Demand Skills include:

  • Cloud computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • People Management
  • UX Design
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Video Production
  • Sales Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Salesforce
  • Google