What Are the Most Important Job Skills for 2013?

19 Nov

Do you know what job skills to emphasize in today’s competitive marketplace?

According to Ruth Mantell, writing for the Wall Street Journal, these are the four most important attributes for job seekers to highlight in 2013:

  1. Clear communications abilities
  2. A personal brand
  3. Flexibility
  4. A focus on productivity

Click the image to read Mantell’s full story.

Photo by Richard Faust

11 Responses to “What Are the Most Important Job Skills for 2013?”

  1. bermanevansretail November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am #

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  2. Jesse Pu November 19, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Rather than other three, Flexibility was rarely mentioned in the past several years in US job fields, from my perspective. Is it presenting the struggle of current economy? Because if we translate it into other words, this requirement is actually “handle multi-tasks” and “adopt to job that is open”. Anyway, it’s real tough outside school and we need to prepare our best to overcome the worst.

  3. shuangshuang dai (@shuangshuangdai) November 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    In my perspective, clear communications abilities is the basic but the most important job skill for 2013, especially for a marketer. Because if you want others to believe you or persuaded by you, firstly you have to make others understand you, in order to get this goal, you must have a good communications abilities, so this ability is very significant.

    • Evans on Marketing November 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      And distinctive personal branding.

      • Thomas Joseph December 15, 2012 at 4:13 am #

        I completely agreed with the 4 skills listed but I thought a very important fifth skill that should have been added is the ability to think on your feet, as this is crucial when facing a tough deadline or when a dilemma arises that needs a swift and intelligent response.

      • Evans on Marketing December 15, 2012 at 9:18 am #



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