The 5 Critical Skills Employers Will Look for in 2019

The 5 Critical Skills Employers Will Look for in 2019

by Chris Atkinson in career
According to the World Economic forum, five years from today, up to 35% of the critical skills employers look for in candidates today will have changed.  

The new year is upon us, and with it comes a multitude of new requirements from companies embracing the fourth industrial revolution. The digital nature of our world is affecting almost every industry, from life sciences to pharma, and on top of that, hiring managers still need to find employees with the right soft skills to thrive in their company culture.  

As specialists in the UAE recruitment space, the team at Kinetic has evaluated the current marketplace, and put together this list of the top proficiencies employers will be searching for next year, to prepare you for 2019.  

1. Technical Knowledge / Digital Skills


The "Future of Jobs Report" for 2020 suggests that digital and technology-focused skills will appear in almost every industry going forward. Whether that means making sure you understand how to use a CRM system to provide better support to customers, work with an Excel sheet for a presentation, or understand the nature of AI for business analytics, technology is everywhere. 

In a world where every role has a "digital" aspect to it, today's candidates must be comfortable embracing the latest innovations. In areas like life sciences and the medical industry, we're sure to see plenty of disruptive creations going forward, including: 
  • Data analytics and artificial intelligence 
  • Next-generation medical devices 
  • Automation and next-generation sequencing 
The best way to prepare? Make sure you're ready to learn new skills as your role evolves. Regardless of the industry, a commitment to staying ahead of current trends will always be valued by businesses large and small.  

2. The Ability to Work in a Team 

The idea of "company culture" is growing increasingly important in the modern workplace. Businesses of all shapes and sizes want to make sure that they're providing their employees with a great place to work. After all, happy employees are more productive and less prone to turnover.  

One of the most significant contributors to company culture is each employee's ability to work as part of a team. Going forward, hiring managers will be placing more focus on finding people who can commit to fitting within their company framework. This will mean searching for shared values through interview questions like: "How would you work with your team on a medical devices problem?" 

Some companies may even invite candidates to group interview sessions to see how they work in a team environment. 

3. Communication Skills 

Communication has always been a crucial element in any successful team. Whether you're a pharmaceutical manager leading a team, or an employee who regularly works with clients and customers, you need to be able to communicate well.  

Most hiring managers will rely on the interview process to determine whether their potential employees have the right communication skills to thrive. A question like "How would you describe the main values of our business" provides an opportunity to demonstrate communication skills and a chance for candidates to show that they researched the company. 

Employers may also look beyond verbal communication at: 
  • Candidate body language and how they make other people feel.   
  • Written communications and presentation skills.  
  • The ability to use communication technology like instant messaging and social intranets. 

4. Judgement and Decision-Making Skills 

As industries grow more agile, employers will begin to search for candidates that can adapt quickly to changing trends and demands. Healthy decision making is crucial in almost any industry, whether you're a business leader or a standard employee.  

The good news is that there are plenty of tools available today to help people make better decisions, such as analytics software and artificial intelligence. However, candidates will still need to be able to understand the numbers they're seeing and translate them into actionable business decisions. 

Improve your decision-making skills by: 
  • Committing to continuous learning: the more knowledge you have, the easier it will be to make confident choices.  
  • Getting support from a mentor to improve your confidence and knowledge of the industry. 
  • Growing your knowledge of analytical data. 

5. Creativity  

Finally, as an avalanche of new technologies appear throughout the pharmaceutical, medical and life sciences spaces, organisations will be searching for candidates who can come up with the next "big thing."  

Creativity is one of the most important assets that any employee can have - particularly in an era when automation and AI are growing more common. Robots may accelerate business processes, but they can't be as innovative and insightful as humans.  

If you can connect the dots with information in your business, speak up in meetings and present new ideas to your team, then you're sure to stand out in the years to come. During interviews and in your cover letter, make sure you search for ways to show your creative problem-solving skills. For instance, you may highlight a creative way that you dealt with a client issue when responding to a competency-based interview question. 

About Kinetic  

At Kinetic we pride ourselves on being the leading regional experts in the full range of recruitment solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industries.  

Kinetic understands the niche requirements for all specialisms of this ever-increasing regulated industry. Wondering if your salary structure is correct in today’s market? Then download The Kinetic Salary and Employment Survey here.

To find out more about how we can support you in your recruitment campaign or help you land your next career progression contact us here.
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