Land Your Dream Job (And Keep It) With These 8 Skills

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The office used to be a chill place where you shuffled papers, hung out by the water cooler, and played endless pranks on Dwight Schrute. But now it's a post-apocalyptic hellscape of analytics, digital marketing, and job-defending meetings with suits. You need to keep up with the changes, or you'll suffer the fate of the dodo (which we think was like a Blackberry or something).

Here are eight of the most in-demand job skills to have on your resume in 2018.


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Web Development

Coding is soon going to be like typing. What was once a specialized skill is now becoming standard fare (and hopefully will be taught to children using Mario). But until that time, you'll need to become familiar with basic HTML and CSS. Otherwise, your website's going to look as basic as Craigslist.

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Project Management

A project without a manager is like a chicken with its head cut off. It's confusing and energetic for 30 seconds, but ultimately doomed and existentially disturbing. If you want everything to stay on schedule and under budget, then you need someone who's keeping an eye on the big picture.

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Public Speaking

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Google Analytics

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Digital Marketing

You'll need an overarching marketing strategy to make sure you hit customers using today's most popular platforms, like Facebook Ads, Google Ads, and good old-fashioned email marketing. It may only be listed as one skill, but once you're a pro marketer, you can figure out how to sell yourself to anyone.

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