The Top 15 Skills That Will Get You Hired in 2016

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LinkedIn has released a list of “The 25 Skills That Can Get You Hired in 2016,” based on their 2015 Global Report findings.

When scrolling through the findings, a few key features become immediately apparent. First, as LinkedIn notes, “data isn’t going anywhere.” This is no surprise to trend watchers, as data has become a crucial part of nearly every industry. As a result, IT-related skills make a significant appearance on the list.

Marketing skills also have a predominant place on the list. Because digital marketing is so closely related to today's sales cycle, employers are prioritizing potential profit from content marketing practices. As sales continue to rise in relation to marketing techniques, it will become a further asset to companies across industries.

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According to the report, the most desired skills for 2016 include:

  • Cloud and Distributed Computing
  • Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  • Marketing Campaign Management
  • SEO/SEM Marketing
  • Middleware and Integration Software
  • Mobile Development
  • Network and Information Security
  • Storage Systems and Management
  • Web Architecture and Development Frameworks
  • User Interface Design
  • Data Engineering and Data Warehousing
  • Algorithm Design
  • Perl/Python/Ruby
  • Shell Scripting Languages
  • Mac, Linux, and Unix Systems

For those looking to enter specific fields based on need, it is clear that employers seek data, IT tech, and marketing skills. These skills will, of course, need to be paired with the necessary attitude, competencies, and cultural fit for any open role.

As for employers, as candidates with these skills will be undoubtedly targeted by many recruiters, unique efforts will need be made to attract top talent in these fields in 2016.

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