I read some research written by Alida Moore of PayScale.com that shows that in today’s competitive job market, it is important to develop skills that will make your resume stand out. But some of the job skills that might have moved your resume to the top of the pile a few years ago might not be worth as much today.
According to PayScale.com, the skills on this list have seen the biggest drop in market value over the last few years. These skills are associated with jobs the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts to have slow to no growth over the next 10 years, says Katie Bardaro, Director of Analytics at PayScale.com. All of us need multiple skills to set ourselves apart. If the skill that tops your resume is on this list, it may be wise to invest time in developing other skills related to your career and industry.
Spanish is the second most prominent language in the United States, after English. Additionally, over 35 million U.S. residents speak Spanish at home, according to census.gov. So why is this a dying job skill? Simply put, the commonality of Spanish makes it a resume dud. Furthermore, Spanish isn’t a prominent language in business. If you would like to pad your resume with a language skill, consider learning Arabic, Japanese or Chinese.
Software Installation and Upgrade
In these technology-driven times, most workers have a basic understanding of computers and software. In fact, most software installation happens at the push of a button or, more often, is automated. Upgrades are often as simple as clicking a link and restarting your computer, something that has become second nature to many workers.
An abundance of underemployed law school grads makes this skill not as impressive as it used to be. If you want to compete with them, you may need to head back to law school yourself.
Handling Mortgage Loans
The collapse of the housing industry shook the faith of many and renters are on the rise. If this skill tops your resume, it might be wise to look for other ways to apply your knowledge of the mortgage loan business.
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