Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Professional Skills

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on on February 9, 2016.

I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of value.

How Do You Stack Up to What Job Skills Recruiters Value the Most?

The Bloomberg Job Skills Survey Shows Which Managerial Skills are Most Valued and Hardest to Find.

The Bloomberg Job Skills Survey Shows Which Managerial Skills are Most Valued and Hardest to Find.

The survey of 1,261 job recruiters was used to find which job skills were most valued and which were most difficult to find.

Go to the article in Bloomberg Business to see the original article and the interactive charts showing results from different industries.

The survey’s four-quadrant Skills Gap chart has a vertical axis that goes from more common at the bottom to less common at the top. The horizontal axis goes from less desired at the left to more desired at the right. As in most good four-quadrant charts the best place to be is in the top right corner, Less Common and More Desired.

To learn more about using Four Quadrant Matrix Charts for decision making click here.

To learn how to create a static four-quadrant chart in Excel click here.

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The Most Highly Desired Job Skills

In general the highly-desired skills that are uncommon are pretty much what you might guess. Across industries those in the upper-right quadrant are,

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leadership Skills
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Communication Skills
  • with Analytical Thinking being More Common and More Desired

If I remember my economics correctly, that “Less Common, More Desired” quadrant translates into a greater potential contribution to the organization and a greater potential for pay for those with the skills.

Entrepreneurship and Risk-Taking May Not Be Rewarded – Check with Your Individual HR Department

One thing that did surprise me was that Entrepreneurship, Risk-Taking, and Decision-Making were in the lower-left quadrant – More Common and Less Desired. In the fast moving, mostly high-tech organizations I have worked with people that have an entrepreneurial, take-responsibility attitude have been highly valued. I used the interactive selector on Bloomberg to check how that changed in different industries, but those skills still remained in the lower-left.

Perhaps the researchers surveyed mostly larger, staid organizations. Some of the Global 100 companies I’ve worked with had cultures that were less than rewarding to entrepreneurial attitudes. Staying in line, reducing risk, and following strict orders were the safer and more preferred attitudes.

The article, The Bloomberg Job Skills Report 2016: What Recruiters Want, also contains interactive charts showing the most important skills by industry. Across industries the top three most important were,

  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Working Collaboratively
  • (Strategic Thinking was a close fourth)

The interactive chart also shows the skills that were hardest to find. Across industries the top four tightly grouped hard to find skills were,

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Leadership Skills
  • Adaptability

To read the original article in Bloomberg Business, click here,