Top Employees Skills for Career Growth

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Recently a study by Randstad called the  Engagement Index was released. The highlights employees' insights and perspectives on work, engagement and the top skills necessary to grow one's career.


The following are surveyed employees' perceived importance of job skills to employers

34% - Relevant on-the-job experience 

31% - Work ethic

28% - Years of experience in the field

19% - Knowledge of the industry

19% - Education

18% - Soft skills (communications, collaboration, teamwork skills)    

17% - Proven mastery of hard skills required for the job

10% - Right cultural fit for the company/office

7%   - Being currently employed 

4%   - Other 


The following are employees' impressions of the importance of keys skills needed to grow their careers

 46% - Flexibility/adaptability

37% - Computer/technology

34% - Leadership 

32% - Collaboration and teamwork

25% - Interpersonal communications

22% - Time management

11% - Financial/business analysis

8%   - Foreign language

5%   - Environmental practices

6%   - None of these   


What is clear from this report is that current relevant on the job experience coupled with flexibility and some deeper than average knowledge of computer technology are important assets that all workers need to succeed.



Key Marketing Demographics

For marketers and business decision makers, demographics are an important tool in conducting business effectively.  A recent population survey shows that American households are getting smaller, and headed by older adults. 

The average population per household now stands at 2.55, down from 3.67 in 1948.

Much of that decline is attributable to the growth in 1-person households, which have almost quintupled in number from 1960,  and now account for 27% of all households.

More than half of householders 75 and older live alone as of this year. 

That compares to less than one-quarter of householders less than 30 years old.

Data shows that the percentage of households headed by adults aged 75 and older has grown from 6% in 1960 to 10% this year.

Households headed by 30 to 44 year-olds has plummeted from a peak of 34% in 1990 to just 26% this year. This is attributed to the aging of the Baby Boomers.

39% of households are headed by adults aged 45-64.

There are now 7.8 million couples living together without being married, more than double the 2.9 million from 1996.

Married households make up 49% of all households, down from 71% in 1970.

The proportion of households headed by white non-Hispanic adults stands at 69% this year, down 8% from 75% in 2000.

52% of married couples have both husband and wife in the labor force. That's down from 56% in 2000.

The percentage of stay-at-home parents who are fathers has grown from 1.6% in 1994 (76,000) to 3.6% this year (189,000). Among married-couple parents with children younger than 15, the percentage with stay-at-home mothers is estimated to be 24%.

85% of single-race Asian children live with 2 parents (whether married or not). That proportion falls to 77% among single-race white non-Hispanic children, 66% of Hispanic children, and 38% of single-race black children.

These numbers are provided by Marketing Charts Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey, US Census Bureau.


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