December 23, 2022

Key Skills Employers Will Be Looking For in 2023

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If you’re trying to find a job in 2023, you can stand out as a candidate by understanding what types of skills employers in your industry are looking for and make sure to highlight those on a resume and on your LinkedIn profile. Across industries and in diverse types of businesses, the following are some of the top job skills in high demand in 2023 for knowledge workers.  

1. Data Literacy

The explosion of data available to businesses can help organizations make better strategic decisions. IDC predicts the “Global DataSphere” is expected to more than double in size from 2022 to 2026, making the search for data literacy one of the top 2023 recruitment trends. Professionals who have the ability to understand, analyze and communicate with data are in-demand across industries. According to Qlik’s Data Literacy project, large enterprises with strong corporate data literacy have shown up to a 5% increased enterprise value.

Data analysis skills can be applied to everything from finance to marketing. Whatever field you’re in, if you have expertise working with data analysis tools, that can help you stand out in your field.

2. Product Management

Product management facilitates every step of a product’s lifecycle, from product design, to positioning, to release. According to Glassdoor’s Best Jobs for 2022 report, product management ranked as one of the most common skills in job descriptions today, cited in roles like Product Manager, Business Development Manager and Marketing Manager.

Successful product management is one of the top job skills employers look for because it requires business acumen, market research and analysis, pricing and revenue modeling, product development and design knowledge. It also often involves leading others and highlights the importance of teamwork in the workplace in 2023.

3. Strategic Team Planning

In July 2022, Gartner reported 76% of corporate strategy leaders said significant adjustments to strategic plans were happening more frequently. That mirrors FutureLearn’s The Future of Learning Report 2022’s report, which states “strategic team planning” is one of the key skills employers are looking for today, cited by 31% of employers when asked about skills gaps.

Employers are looking for strategy-minded professionals who are able to clearly create and communicate action plans that define strategy growth, evolution and measurement. Skills like cost management, budgeting and communication also affect strategy adoption and execution.

4. Operational Reporting

Operational reporting is the ability to create visual displays that show how a company’s actions are impacting specific results. It’s used in all types of business areas to communicate business results to key stakeholders. According to the Pearson Skills Outlook 2022 – Power Skills, it’s one of the top 10 most in-demand skills employers look for today.  

To create effective reports, professionals must be able to gather the right data and communicate it meaningfully. Using operational reporting, professionals can make more informed decisions, identify time- and money-saving opportunities, and use data to create long-term strategies.

5. User Experience

The user experience encompasses all touchpoints a customer has with a company. Forbes named user experience design as one of the most in-demand jobs in 2023, with lower barriers to entry as design platforms evolve and become easier to use, with less training required.

While user experience typically relates to designers, it also impacts other roles and functions who must think with the user in mind. User experience relates to researching, designing and marketing products. It also affects anyone who interacts with customers, such as those working in client services and customer support. User experience success requires skills like research, critical thinking and empathy so professionals can better understand their customers.

6. Project Management

Like product management, project management is another in-demand skill across industries and organizations. Agile project management dominates project management methods today, with Skillbook Academy reporting that 71% of companies use agile methods. Agile project management focuses on team collaboration and applies an iterative approach to project completion. It requires gathering and implementing team and client feedback, while keeping a close eye on product cycles and deadlines.

Professionals who are versed in agile project management and who have experience working with collaboration software show they’re responsive to change and know how to stay committed to customer satisfaction. Skills like communication, problem-solving and critical thinking all play a role in project management.

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