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Posted July 25, 2016 by

10 digital skills to help you land an amazing job

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The digital age arrives with many benefits. Our lives are faster, online, and the information is easily accessible at the click of a button. However, you cannot be left behind, and you need to keep up with technology because it might end up replacing you if you don’t. In fact, it’s already happening. Many jobs that have been a staple of society in the past 100 years are slowly being given to automatons.

Those are the jobs that require little social interaction and are based on pure demand or logical thinking. A human employee in simple services can be replaced by a few buttons. We’re moving forward, and many already believe that the younger generation needs to make sure their digital skills are sharp in order to fit into the future. How do you defeat this robotization of services and jobs? Learn to be the one who controls and creates them.

It does not mean you necessarily have to learn how to build robots, but it means that you need to understand what sort of skills and talents future employees expect from you. Digital skills are certainly among them because they will play a major role in shaping the future. Your concern should be to belong among those who participate, instead of those who just watch, and here’s what you should definitely know to land a great job.

1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Even though SEO has been around for quite a while, it’s not known to many who have had no handle in creating or taking care of a website. However, keep in mind that skills using it are required by around 14% of companies in the digital industry, and that number is expected to grow. It’s an essential tool used to optimize a website in order for it to generate traffic and conversation. It’s an imperative skill for many jobs and one that will definitely impress employers in the industry.

2. Coding (HTML5 or JavaScript)

It may sound like a no-brainer, but coding is a major part of web browsing, especially in an age where websites are becoming more interactive. Numerous tech giants have switched to HTML5, dropping previous languages in order to create a better and seamless internet experience. The same applies to JavaScript, which works greatest with animation and making interaction an easy process. They’re tools that will be used in the future and some highly recommended for those interested in the field.

3. PPC (Pay-Per-Click)

In essence, it’s a very simple method that companies are looking for regarding marketing. It implies increasing a specific website’s traffic by buying ads on search engines that make potential customers click on it. However, you need to hone your skills in identifying promising keywords, creating a compelling ad, and measure the results. These will be excellent skills to have if you’re aiming to submit a winning job application at a tech titan in the industry.

4. Analytics

It’s not enough to implement digital strategies. Analytics are crucial and highly sought-after by employers because it means you are comfortable with analyzing and evaluating how those techniques are progressing. You need to be able to compare them constantly with others and provide excellent insight. It’s an incredible skill that will certainly land you a job. Everyone is looking to get better.

5. Android or iOS Development

Smartphones are taking over, and learning either one of these two platforms will look great on your resume. They have tremendous potential for the future because they are not going anywhere. You could find an amazing job if you master at least one of them.

6. PaaS (Platform as a Service)

Cloud software is everywhere, and many believe that they will ultimately become the quintessential platform for companies. PaaS is a tool that will help you develop these web applications that will no longer require customers to download sizeable programs on their hard drives. It’s a builder of accessibility.

7. Personal branding

Through the use of social media, you can create an excellent personal brand that will land you a fantastic job. You only need to learn how to do it. It implies understanding the use of all social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, websites, blogs, and everything else to create a beneficial image of yourself.

8. Writing online content

Everything is on the internet, and the ability to create quality content is highly sought-after. If you combine it with SEO and a few marketing skills, you could reach for a high-paying digital marketing job. It’s important to know how to flow between platforms, and manage your content for every situation.

9. Web design and creating websites

There are numerous tools out there to use, and mastering a majority of them will certainly make you desired on the job market. All you need is a bit of coding, tremendous amounts of creativity, and the patience to actually learn all the tools. Everyone and everything needs a website. Be the one who creates them, and you will be needed as well.

10. Image and video editing

Online digital media is in full force, so there will always be a need for someone who has extensive skills of image and video editing. Be it for advertising, marketing, or basically any industry, these are very valuable skills to learn. They look impressive on your resume, and every company needs someone with these abilities. If you truly want to impress them, grab the Adobe collection and master it.

We have moved fast into the future, and our steps need to be quick in order to keep up. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office is now not something employers require, but something they expect. Focus on the most advanced tools that will set you apart from the crowd of millennials still stuck behind technology.

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Amanda Wilks, guest writer

Amanda Wilks, guest writer

Amanda Wilks is a digital marketing intern and a part-time writer, passionate about social media and personal branding. She loves helping individuals create unique online identities and achieve their much-desired professional acclaim.

Posted March 30, 2015 by

Cloud Computing Skyrockets with Job Opportunities

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Camile Sardina

Unemployment down 5.5 percent, tech industry a main reason

Heads that are high in the clouds about landing a job should look no further than cloud computing itself.

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 295,500 U.S. jobs were added in February alone, bringing the unemployment rate down by 5.5 percent. Out of the 295,500 new jobs, 51,000 of them were in the professional and business service industry (second largest gain after food/beverage industry), tech consulting being at the top of the industry to land a job, with the majority of 7,000 out of the 51,000 career additions. (more…)

Posted March 23, 2015 by

Opportunity for Graduates – What Jobs are in Demand, and Where

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Image of happy young graduates throwing hats in the air. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The economy is always changing to meet demand and circumstances. Whether it’s newly developed technology or shifting demographics, more plentiful and diverse opportunities are becoming available for college graduates. Not every part of the US is kind to graduates of any discipline, of course. This article should be able to provide insight on where demand is highest for particular fields of study: (more…)

Posted December 17, 2014 by

How to Prepare for a Successful Video Interview

Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer

Tools like Skype and Google Hangouts have made online video nearly as easy to use as Facebook. That’s leading more employers to replace some in-person meetings with video interviews. The advantages are obvious: Managers get the opportunity to have a conversation that feels a lot more personal than a telephone interview, without the time and expense that often come with an in-person visit.

Like any other interview, video conversations require preparation. Indeed, they need as much planning as a personal interview. Here are the things you need to consider. (more…)

Posted October 06, 2014 by

Is an MBA Necessary to Startup Your Tech Business?

If you have thought about running your own tech business without pursuing your MBA, it may not be out of the question.  There are some people you have probably heard of who’ve accomplished this task.  On the other hand, the more knowledge you get before attempting to start a company can only better prepare you.  Either way, here is an infographic to help you learn more about having your own startup. (more…)

Posted June 24, 2014 by

Different Kinds of Online Learning Experiences

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Computer keyboard with blue button for Online learning. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The choice to earn an education online has become a common one for many students of all ages. The main attractive features include a smaller price tag, the flexibility of the schedule, especially for those who are working and going to school, and the ability to attend a college or university in any location regardless of where the student lives.

However, different schools and programs feature different kinds of online platforms. Here we explore a few different types of e-learning so that you can make the most informed decision. (more…)

Posted May 30, 2014 by

Are You Facing These 4 Challenges When Recruiting for Recent Graduate Jobs at Your Startup?

If your startup is facing any of these four challenges when recruiting for recent graduate jobs, learn some solutions to them in the following post.

Recruiting quality talent for any company is tough — but for a startup, it can seem virtually impossible. Your money is tight, your reputation is non-existent, and your company culture is still in development. And to top it off, you can’t risk hiring any duds: you really need each player to pull their weight and help

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Posted May 19, 2014 by

Passion is a Key Factor in Hiring for Entry Level Jobs in the Tech Industry

When searching for entry level jobs in the tech industry, your passion could be more important than where you went to school.  Learn more in the following post.

For entry-level tech jobs, hiring managers care about passion for IT more than a diploma. College graduates don’t need to be employed to become involved with the tech industry. By Fred O’Connor | IDG News Service…

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Posted May 15, 2014 by

Searching for Entry Level Jobs? Some of the Best and Worst Positions

If you’re currently searching for entry level jobs, learn about some of the best and worst ones according to the following post.

What do you look for when you’re looking for your first job? Growth potential? A high starting salary? Fancy snacks in the break room? There are dozens of factors that determine whether an entry-level position will prove to be…

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Posted May 07, 2014 by

Graduate Employment: Moving Abroad after College

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Young traveler outside of an airport. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

How often do you think about what you want to do after college?

Dream of being a stuntman? Professional crocodile wrestler? Politician? Whatever floats your boat, with college over, it’s time to face the big bad world head on.

With graduation a hazy memory, parties disbanded and hangover in full swing, it’s time to sort out your resume, apply for jobs and ensure your parents don’t think you’re a complete disappointment. (more…)