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Skills employers look for

When you’re looking to make your next career move, it’s essential to get ahead of the game and know the skills employers look for when hiring new people. Understanding the skills employers look for can help you to tailor your CV to highlight your most impressive attributes or assist you in deciding on any training you may need to boost your chances of landing your dream job.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a range of handy tools and content to help you on your career journey. Our Skills Checker tool allows you to search for roles you are considering applying for and reveals the skills employers typically look for when hiring. Simply type in the role you’re looking for and the tool does the rest. Knowing the skills employers look for can give you a serious edge on other candidates and ensure you know which of your skills and qualifications to highlight on a CV or covering letter, and then at an interview.

We have also compiled a list of the Top 100 skills employers are looking for this year across a range of industries, focusing on both technical competencies and the all-important soft skills crucial to success in any role. Our handy tool allows you to select the skills most important to you and build a personalised development report, which you can then use to track your progress.

Of course, in the modern world, linear careers are quickly becoming a thing of the past with many people switching between different types of roles in different industries over the course of their working lives. For this reason, it’s a good idea to identify your transferable skills and how they could help you land your next role – we’ve got advice on this too, along with helpful tips on sharpening soft skills such as presentation, communication and problem solving.