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Blog: Which One Industry Needs You?

4-minute read: Which is the one industry that needs more women?  We speak to Crystal Mascarenhas, one of our recruiters based in the Middle East, to find out what employers are really looking for.

"It should be no surprise that that the most sought-after professionals increasingly are those in the technology and digital sectors. This is due to businesses being incredibly focused on improving their digital, automation and smart tech capabilities, as well as getting the most of new technological innovations in blockchain, fin-tech, online shopping and cyber security.  And guess what?  There is a huge skills gap here, particularly where women are concerned; as firstly women have traditionally been less attracted to STEM subjects (although so much more work is now being done here) and secondly, many of those that were 20 years' ago are now a rarity in business because of the general issues many women have faced in receiving genuine commitment from many industries out there.

The good news is that all is not lost, and over 70% of women now recognise that acquiring digital skills are a key next step to their development.  We have identified 4 tips to help you get started on your quest to make your CV far more tech-appropriate, with a little bit of investment, time and work on your transferable skillsets:

1.    Networking – One of the best methods to apply for a job in 2019 is via a personal referral by either a current or prior employee or can even be from an esteemed social connection. This is an immediate credibility -builder and can be achieved online and offline. Other than making sure your LinkedIn profile stands out, go out and attend tech meet ups, conferences, hackathons etc. and make those connections with your industry peers.

2.    Online Courses – Keep yourself up to date with trends and industry happenings as well as researching on tech forums or popular blogs. This will help with knowing the top skills that employers are looking for and proactively apply for free online courses or use YouTube videos that can assist with boosting those tech skills to help you stand out.

3.    Open source projects – Once you feel more confident in your skills, dispaly your work and put yourself ahead of the competition. You can step it up by building your own projects and test and share them on places like Sauce Labsbitbar or anything similar.

4.    Soft skills vs. Hard skills – As Michelle Weise, CIO at Strada Institute for Future of Work rightly said, “the line between soft and hard skills is disappearing”, “what matters is whether a skill is human or can be performed by a machine”. Therefore, by enhancing your soft skills, you as a job-seeker can future proof your chance to be competitive. Skills like communication, ethics, critical-thinking or problem-solving are priceless when combined with technical knowledge. For example; Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence, logic and judgement etc.

All in all, the best way to emphasize your skill set is simply by not treating your LinkedIn profile like a resume but instead use it to share your professional journey to showcase what skills you excel at, what opportunities you are looking for, how you want to contribute to society etc. and you never know, this could be the reason a recruiter or future employer finds you and drops you a message."

Keep a look out for help from Hopscotch on this front and we hope to work with you soon!



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