In-Demand Skills to Learn

Before jotting down the perfect cover letter, polishing a resume or clicking the “Submit Application” button, every job seeker should consider important workplace skills — even if those skills are not explicitly stated in the job description. Discover some in-demand skills to learn and refine in this guide.

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4 of the Most Valuable High Demand Skills to Learn

How can job seekers set themselves apart from hundreds of other applicants? Explore four essential in-demand skills job seekers must learn and develop, along with ways we promote these skills at Danaher.

1. Communication and Collaboration

Workplaces constantly adjust to accommodate remote employees, contractors, hybrid workers and others flowing between teams and projects. In this evolving workforce, employees should prioritize effective communication and teamwork skills with coworkers and colleagues.

In many situations, team members must work together to achieve business goals and positive outcomes. Collaboration drives the workplace. Job seekers can benefit from effective teamwork and written and verbal communication skills. 

In fact, 75% of employees consider teamwork and collaboration essential workplace skills, and 39% believe their organizations could improve collaboration.

Job candidates can also find value in emotional intelligence — the ability to control, express and recognize their own emotions while considering others’ emotions. Collaboration sparks innovation, making emotional intelligence a valuable skill to learn. In daily interactions, employee emotional intelligence levels can influence whether the project runs smoothly and proves successful.

Communication plays a pivotal role when building strong emotional intelligence. Candidates should develop their cultural competence and emotional intelligence to work well with different individuals, considering each person’s unique thoughts, ideas and expectations.

Danaher strives to build successful individuals through our fast-paced, teamwork- and results-oriented culture. Our values start with our people. We encourage collaboration and build each other up to achieve personal and group goals alike.

Because we’re passionate about recruiting, developing and training the most talented and diverse team possible, we invest in each associate’s unique contributions and growth. We put the most skilled, collaborative and engaged team on the playing field each day.

75% of employees consider teamwork and collaboration essential workplace skills.

2. Strategic Thinking and Creativity

Job recruiters highly value the ability to think critically and creatively. Strategic thinking in the workplace indicates efficient problem-solving, which can help ensure the productive use of company resources. It can also reduce costly errors and downtime. Employees proficient in strategic thinking and creativity can:

  • Analyze data and information.
  • Spot inconsistencies and mistakes quickly.
  • Connect ideas.
  • Think outside the box.
  • Devise creative solutions to issues.
  • Create well-thought-out, systematic plans.
  • Help make good decisions for the organization.
  • Point out key considerations that others may have overlooked.

Additionally, strong critical thinkers typically require less supervision. In a society of information overload and social media bubbles, independent thinking serves as a powerful workplace skill, regardless of the industry or position. Moreover, creative thinking becomes more desirable as we automate more everyday tasks.

Critical thinking uses evidence to analyze problems and solutions rather than personal opinions or biases. Employees can question information validity to determine what’s accurate and whether it will benefit the organization. From medical research to manufacturing, strategic thinking enriches every field.

At Danaher, innovation defines our future. It’s how we drive continuous improvement, enhance people’s quality of life and make a difference in the world. Customers turn to us for opportunities to deliver innovative products, services, technologies and solutions that address their needs.

3. Technical Skills

Digital literacy, data analysis and other technical skills become more foundational in a technology-driven world. Proficiency with different types of software, devices, tools and apps demonstrates the ability to navigate the complex digital realm.

People with high digital literacy can easily collaborate and communicate with digital platforms, staying up-to-date with new technologies and how those technologies may affect their role and organization. Strong technical skills can help with problem-solving and streamlining repetitive or meticulous processes, such as data entry or inventory reordering.

Good technical skills require the ability and knowledge to perform practical tasks efficiently. These tasks can involve information technology (IT), science, mechanics, mathematics and other areas. Technical skills often require expertise in different design programs, mechanical equipment, programming languages and other tools. 

Some examples of valuable technical skills include:

  • Data analysis: Almost every industry uses data, whether it pertains to clients, organizations, products or services. Data often drives innovation. Therefore, employers seek the ability to collect, interpret and organize information into accessible maps, graphs and charts. Organizations can use data to uncover valuable insights and patterns. Many employers seek data analysis skills like quantitative and qualitative research, statistical analysis, data mining, algorithms, calculating and more.
  • Programming and coding: The ability to code and understand different programming languages can benefit job seekers. Many employers seek key technical skills like HyperText Markup Language (HTML), hardware and cybersecurity, especially in IT candidates. They also look for experience in programming languages like Java, Scala and Python.
  • Digital marketing: Merely stating “social media experience” on a resume likely won’t be enough to impress many employers. However, backing up this expertise with quantified results, media platforms and specific skills can help applicants shine in a large candidate pool. Content marketing skills especially benefit jobs in website development, public relations, advertising and similar fields. Some valuable digital marketing skills include networking, blogging, digital photography, social media platforms and web analytics.
  • Technical writing: Many employers prefer technical writing skills to convey complex information in an easy-to-understand manner. Whether writing web content, press releases, manuals or messages to clients and manufacturers, clearly communicating detailed content can help applicants stand out.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) learning: A basic understanding of AI, computer algorithms and machine learning can help organizations deliver innovative, relevant products and results.
  • Cloud computing: Companies often rely on the cloud for everyday operations. Many employers value the ability to navigate different cloud systems like Microsoft Azure, Adobe Creative Cloud and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Danaher commits to helping customers improve quality of life and solve complex challenges worldwide. Our businesses help revolutionize multiple fields, including diagnostics, life sciences, product identification and water quality. We:

  • Help scientists work at a molecular level to understand chronic disease and infection, test new drugs and develop new therapies.
  • Provide tools and software to help clinicians improve patient health and care and diagnostic confidence.
  • Ensure the safety and freshness of food, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods.
  • Protect our global water supply and promote environmental stewardship.

4. Active Learning With a Growth Mindset

By cultivating a growth mindset and fueling their desire to learn, individuals can set themselves up for success. People with growth mindsets actively work to improve themselves and build their skills, which can be an attractive quality to employers.

To adopt a growth mindset, a job seeker should be willing and excited to:

  • Take on new challenges and experiences.
  • Embrace changes in the industry, organization and job requirements.
  • Let themselves make mistakes, as this contributes to growth.
  • Demonstrate resilience after experiencing a setback.
  • Self-reflect, identify weaknesses and seek ways to improve them.

People who wish to develop a growth mindset should explore professional development opportunities in the workplace. They can also learn about the industry outside of work to grow their field knowledge. Embracing a growth mindset and adaptability can help job seekers realize their full potential — and the employer will likely notice it, too.

Kaizen — or continuous improvement — serves as a driving force at Danaher. It helps us address customer needs with actions that benefit the greater good. Our strong culture rooted in the Danaher Business System (DBS) allows us to challenge and set the bar high for ourselves and each other. We always strive to make the world a better place — for our company, customers, associates and everyone else — through Kaizen.

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At Danaher, we don’t just prepare people for jobs — we prepare them for careers. We aim to help everyone grow their industry knowledge and skills. We’ve developed groundbreaking solutions in life sciences, diagnostics, product identification and water quality, and we’re passionate about helping others enhance their skills in different fields, as well.

By working with Danaher, you can jumpstart your career and drive world-changing innovations. You’ll work hard and face new challenges with guidance from our committed leaders.

Thanks to Danaher, there’s no shortage of opportunities to transition to new roles and learn new skills. If you’re ready to start building your career, join our talent community or view our open jobs today!

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