Skill Gaposis

November 16, 2018

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Have you been diagnosed with Skill Gaposis?

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Hiring is moving at a fast pace in the United States. Employees looking for work have never had it so good.  There are seemingly endless opportunities everywhere, yet why is it that companies complain of skill gaps? In other words, for certain positions there is more demand for people with specific skills than there is a supply.

Part of this has to do with exploding growth in the technology sector. Cars that operate by themselves, the Internet of Things, chatbots and Software as a Service are but a few new advances in technology. hand-2111445__340

Among a variety of resources for the unemployed, LinkedIn publishes a Workforce report, which is a monthly report on employment trends in the United States. According to the November report the largest hiring skill gaps were in major cities like San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

For job seekers that have those skills, it is much easier for them to find employment and keep it. They can also negotiate more successfully on things like vacation and starting salary.  How to be that person that is in demand by the marketplace? Listed below are a few ideas:

  1. Read up on future trends. The Institute for Global Futures, http://www.globalfuturist.com provides information on trends by topic and industry.
  2. Research what the skill gaps actually are. The 2018 Skills Gap Report from LiveCareer has some useful information. According to their data, job postings contain an average of 21 necessary skills. https://www.livecareer.com/skills-gap.
  3. Conduct your own skill analysis. Make a list of the skills you have. Take a look at job postings you are interested in and note the skills employers want. Make another list of your skill gaps.
  4. Look at what training might be available to narrow your own skill gaps.   Are there assignments at work you can volunteer for?   Can you complete a fairly inexpensive course at Lynda.com? https://www.lynda.com/. Will your employer pay for you to go back to school if necessary?

Even adding a few new skills to your skill toolkit can make a difference, along with a solid background in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, digital knowledge, critical thinking and change adaptability. Here is my own suggestion, just two words, lifelong learning…

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Malcolm X said it best; Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

THE AUTHOR

Aly Anliker is a creative organizational and career consultant with extensive experience in Training Management, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has a background in Human Resources and Marketing and has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, high technology, manufacturing and non-profit. In her work with career clients, Aly is passionate about brand identity including the resume and what makes people unique in the world of work.  Through experience in the outplacement industry, Aly has worked with individuals in career transition for over fifteen years.

 

 

 

 

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