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Top skills all employers are looking for right now

The job market has seen major changes since the pandemic. Ways of working have been affected, and the skills needed for roles may have grown or changed as a result. Many people are also looking for different things from their employment; attitudes and priorities have adjusted, which has had a knock-on effect in the workplace.

If you’re looking for a new role, it is worth being aware of these changes and trying to make sure your skills are relevant and stand out to prospective employers. While some skills may need to be learned, there are plenty of soft skills that employers look for, and these are easily transferable if you fancy a career change. To help, we’ve included some important skills below that are worth promoting on your CV.


Flexibility is always important to employers, especially those who are still adapting to new ways of working. Someone who is adaptable and can cope well with change is likely to be seen as a valuable team member who will make positive contributions to the business.

Words you could use in your CV include:

  • Adaptable
  • Flexible
  • Resilient

Computing Skills

As technology is now so widespread, basic computer skills are a general expectation of employers. More specialised skills like coding, programming, and data analysis are highly sought after. If you can learn new skills like these, they can be very valuable. There are lots of free online guides, courses, and tutorials available, so if you have the time, you can invest it in learning new skills or improving the ones you already have.

Leadership Skills

Leadership doesn’t necessarily mean being the head of a department. Employers are looking for people who are energetic and keen to work towards a common goal. Someone who leads by example is a great addition to any team, so emphasise your enthusiasm for the role, willingness to go the extra mile, and desire to work for the company. In your CV, try to highlight any previous positions where your good leadership skills created great results.

Emotional Intelligence

What we mean by emotional intelligence is an awareness of how your behaviour should be adapted to suit different situations. Employers are looking for people that are professional and courteous, someone who is responsible and polite in the workplace. They will also need someone who would fit in well with the team they already have in place, so being able to integrate and act accordingly is important.

If you are considering a change, make sure you keep your CV up to date. Consider how you can pick up skills that might be valuable in the roles you are considering and look at how you can highlight the skills you already have.


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