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How to get the skills you need for a new career in 2019?

If you’re going to land the job of your dreams in 2019, you can’t just slap a bunch of snazzy words on your résumé and hope for the best.

For job seekers like you and me, résumé can be a nuisance, but they are an opportunity to make a case for your candidacy. You need to take intentional steps to stand out from the crowd. Here, seven HR experts tell us what stellar talent looks like in 2019

1. Know the Tools

“As work becomes less traditionally structured, we need people who have innate initiative to integrate with coworkers. Also, we are seeking people who can use an increasing array of communication and collaboration tools to work effectively. Comfort with simultaneously using Slack, Trello, G Suite, and other team-specific tools is a must.” — Jen Raines-Loring, vice president of people at Springboard Retail

2. Improve Your Soft and Hard Skills at the Same Time

“The combination of soft skills and the ability to work tactically makes the most competitive candidates stand out. Rising talent that can both interpret data and effectively engage the person in front of them adds tremendous value to any team.” — Carol L. McDaniel, director of talent acquisition at Delta Air Lines

3. Go Beyond the Job Description

“It goes by many different names: team player, servant leader, low ego. Every team wants that multifaceted person who has the credentials to lead and win new business—but also train the new receptionist. The individual who will roll up his or her sleeves and help beyond the job description is critical to the ebb and flow of the business.” — Colleen Drennen Pfaller, founder of A Slice of HR

4. And Know How to Elevate Your Position

“It’s fairly obvious on paper when a candidate can do the job, but employers will be asking, “How can he or she elevate the position?” Candidates able to illustrate growing expertise outside their current role will stand out. These might be applicants who have published blogs, serve on the boards of organizations, or provide professional advice to others.” — Robin Schwartz, HR director at Career Igniter

5. Or Even Just Look Great

“It’s crazy what candidates are doing these days. I am seeing more fluff and less substance. What I look for is the traditional approach: a well-dressed candidate (or just iron your shirt), written followup thank-you notes (email is fine), and an effort to research the company.” — Daniel Starobin, senior director of operations at Financial Finesse

6. Learn New Things… Fast

“The skill that is emerging as one of the most important in a successful candidate is learning agility. The speed at which someone can learn new things and manage change and complexity is becoming more and more crucial for success.” — David B. Nast, CEO and managing partner, Nast Partners

7. But Also Know Yourself

“Candidates will need to be emotionally intelligent— have a solid grasp of who they are and how those emotions can affect their leadership— as well as recognize and understand the emotions of others to effectively manage relationships.” — Lisa A. Holmes, chief business strategist for Strategic Performance of Los Angeles

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