You deserve a great job. You’ve worked hard to find a new position. But you want your skills to be valued. You may be feeling like you are missing desirable skills or being passed over by employers. So flip your perspective: managers are looking for workers. But what traits should those workers have? In the new year, here’s what employers will value.

Hard Skills

We predict that 2021 will see the re-emergence of hard skills as a pairing to 2020’s popular appeal of soft skills. Our staffing experts know that it’s all about balance, and managers will be seeking these traits as a 2021 trend:

Virtual Conferencing

Being savvy on one or more video communication platforms will be essential in 2021. In one role, you may be asked to be familiar with Skype for Business, Zoom, and Cisco Webex. You likely won’t need to master each, but download as many as possible to familiarize yourself.

Foreign Languages

Ranging levels of fluency can be helpful, but of course, complete translation abilities will be the most coveted. If you’re looking to become fluent in a new language, many apps or courses can help bring you up to speed so you can add a language skill to your resume.

Industry-Specific Abilities

Employers will be looking out for workers with certain certifications if you’re applying to a position in a construction or industrial setting. You can appeal to a hiring manager by showing your expertise in a certain skill, such as operating machinery or working with specific materials.

Soft Skills

The subjective abilities will remain crucial to hiring managers in the new year, so here’s what you’ll need to show off on your resume or in an interview to find the right role:

Time Management

A forecasted trend we predict is the diminishing presence of micromanagers. Remote and hybrid work showed many managers that self-starters could be trusted to perform without intervention. Explain to a potential worker how you stay productive, especially without oversight.


The ability to be flexible was tested to its breaking point in 2020, so expect to give examples of how you can exhibit this trait as we head into 2021. Use specific examples from how the pandemic impacted your job expectations and how you could succeed despite the challenges.

Our Team Will Find Your Next Job

Davis Staffing is the top staffing firm in Chicago designed to help match candidates with the right role. Our top temporary staffing professionals can help you revamp your resume and pair you with a great job opening. If you’re ready to begin today, reach out to the Davis team to get started.