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More than ever, businesses are relying on technology to get their work done and customers served.
From simple things like having websites and social media accounts, to more advanced uses like crunching big data numbers and securing mobile apps, businesses are looking for a much broader skill set from their employees today.
While some employees may be able to get away with only knowing the basics of Microsoft Office, most employers are demanding that their staff have a much more technologically advanced background. Here are 10 technology skills that employers say they are looking for most in their new employees.
At the end of 2013, 28 percent of all Web traffic was from mobile devices. As tablets and smartphones take up more of the business world, more businesses must be ready to move to these platforms. Even midmarket and smaller organizations can benefit greatly from a strong mobile presence both to interact with their clients and their internal teams. Since this technology is always changing it’s often wise to internalize this talent to keep up with the ever-shifting market. As a result, this talent will be in high demand. -- Rona Bore, CEO and founder of Instant Technology
There is a strong demand for certified information systems security professionals. What's particularly in demand now are employees that are experts in the security aspect of mobile app development. This is reflected in the increasing number of certifications being sought in this specialty. Enterprises have learned how to make networks secure -- but they realize they need much more in mobile app security. Organizations' need to bring staff up to speed in this capability quickly escalated because of the increase in the risks involved. People with this skill earn well into the six digits. -- Bill Rosenthal, CEO of Logical Operations Inc.
User experience design
The grand challenge for job seekers to understand and assess in 2014 is how businesses, governments and universities can harness big data analytics in shaping their competitive strategy and advantages, in capturing real value, and in managing enterprise risks, that in particular, cuts across these nine risks - interconnectivity, systems, markets, operations, regulations, credit (and collateral), innovation, legal, and liquidity (cash). -- Oliver McGee III, a professor of mechanical engineering and former vice president for research and compliance at Howard University. He also is the former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Technology Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation and former Senior Policy Advisor in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
List the social media platforms you have working knowledge of — and any systems you've used to manage these channels, such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite. Don't let an employer assume you're not tech-savvy — itemize your know-how by platform. If you're new to the work force, don't assume a prospective employer is aware of your social media savvy. This becomes even more essential if you're targeting positions in marketing, mobile-product development or others that require you to work on various social media platforms. — Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders
Know how to code
If they haven't already, more and more companies are embracing Agile for project management due to its encouragement of a more collaborative, flexible process and its ability to help manage unpredictable changes to hopefully lead to a better end product. (Agile methodology is an alternative to traditional software development methods where tasks are broken down into smaller and easier to manage tasks.) – Tracy Cashman, partner and general manager in the information technology search division at WinterWyman
While specific technology skills like HTML, Drupal, Java, Ruby on Rails, SEO, SEM, ORM are extremely valuable and appealing on a resume, I want to find the job seeker who has listed a few technologies I'm only vaguely familiar with or have never heard of. The technology landscape is constantly changing and I'm looking for someone who is ahead of the curve, not just adapting to new technologies, but driving the innovation. Seeing that distinction on a resumemoves a candidate from just another piece of paper on my desk or email in my inbox, to a first-round interview. — Jessica Bayer, senior director of talent acquisition and management at Qorvis Communications
Structured query language SQL
SQL is a highly sought-after technical skill due to its ability to work with nearly all databases. Every company today that gathers data needs somebody who is able to utilize SQL to quickly pull out key data components and generate reports that aid the decision-making process.– Ibro Palic, CEO of Resume Templates for Mac
Someone with knowledge in technology and is also a good writer. At least for our business, messages between suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and the end user all happen in the written word online via emails, press releases, Web pages, articles, PDFs, manuals, etc. Having someone with a gift for written communication while understanding the technology is crucial. – Cameron Postelwait, marketing director at Sewell Direct