What are the top tech skills in 2021 employers are looking for?

Katie Dunn By Katie Dunn ● May 03, 2021
What are the top tech skills in 2021 employers are looking for

Know­ing what top tech skills in 2021 employ­ers are look­ing for is crit­i­cal to land your dream job. In the com­ing weeks, we’ll be ask­ing our key recruit­ing part­ners what skills are top-of-mind. Today, we’re fea­tur­ing James Goerke, MBA, Head of Amer­i­ca’s Devel­op­ment Cen­ter for Salesforce.

What is your favorite part of your job?

When I see one of Salesforce’s devel­op­ers tack­le a prob­lem for a cus­tomer and real­ly nail it. You can real­ly see the excite­ment and look of pride on some­one’s face when they got to work on a tough prob­lem, fig­ured out the solu­tion, and deliv­er that solu­tion to our cus­tomers. Being a part of that per­son­’s growth and see­ing them thrive is real­ly excit­ing to me.

What advice do you have for peo­ple start­ing a career search today?

1. Pol­ish your pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion, includ­ing your port­fo­lio web­site, resume, and LinkedIn pro­file. Hav­ing a port­fo­lio of work to ref­er­ence dur­ing inter­views and allow­ing prospec­tive employ­ers to see your skill sets is a crit­i­cal step in the inter­view process.

2. Net­work like crazy! Net­work­ing is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of any career search because there is a big per­cent­age of posi­tions that don’t ever get post­ed on job boards or adver­tised because they get cre­at­ed for spe­cif­ic people.

3. Keep learn­ing! Prospec­tive employ­ers want to know that you can learn out­side of an aca­d­e­m­ic envi­ron­ment (i.e. cod­ing boot­camp) and that you can learn on your own. This is a top tech skill in 2021 to demon­strate because most orga­ni­za­tions are going to have a spe­cif­ic stack or plat­form that they need you to learn.

What skills do you think will be most impor­tant in tomor­row’s workforce?

I’m excit­ed to see what will form in sev­er­al indus­tries, includ­ing AI, VR, and enter­prise soft­ware. I think a top tech skill in 2021 isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly a spe­cif­ic lan­guage but rather a core under­stand­ing of how to learn new platforms. 

No one knows exact­ly what the future will bring but we do know that skills in adap­ta­tion and an atti­tude of life-long learn­ing will always serve you well. 

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