Software skills are rapidly becoming a critical criteria for job seekers. Today’s businesses are looking for candidates that can hit the ground running, and that means job seekers should strive to align their skill sets with the needs of a prospective employer – a task much easier said than done.
Do Your Homework on Software Skills
Using industry research to find the prevalent applications used in businesses today can help to narrow down what software skills a job seeker should aim to master in the hopes of scoring more than just a job interview.
Consider Microsoft Windows, which had a worldwide market share of 91.32 percent in 2015, while Mac only garnered 7.02 percent and Linux 1.66 percent of the market (Source VentureBeat). That is a telltale sign that job seekers should make familiarity of Microsoft Windows a priority and be completely at ease using that OS.
Get to Know the Cloud
Familiarity with a particular OS is only one small part of the skills set puzzle. Job seekers need to have other software skills as well. One particular market segment showing strong growth is the cloud. More businesses are moving to the cloud for many of their software and application needs. A survey conducted by RightScale shows that 93 percent of respondents are using the cloud in some capacity, with the majority of those respondents using six or more cloud based applications.
RightScale’s survey, as well as many others, show that moving workloads and applications to the cloud is a growing trend for most businesses, something job seekers should be willing to leverage to help garner success in the job hunt. There are several SaaS (Software as a Service) applications that have the lion’s share of the market and job seekers should make sure they are familiar with those market leaders.
According to analysis by Statista, Salesforce commands 10.8 percent of the SaaS market, with Microsoft garnering 7.9 percent, Adobe 6.1 percent, SAP with 4.9 percent and Oracle 3.1 percent. Those five vendors are having the greatest impact on cloud delivered applications, each focusing on a somewhat different segment of the market.
Application Knowledge is Power
Microsoft has garnered their market share primarily with Office 360, a suite of cloud based applications that provide the functionally of Microsoft office. If you are going to be working with documents, spreadsheets, presentations and email, it pays to know the ins and outs of Office 360. An added benefit is that Microsoft’s ubiquitous MS Office shares much with Office 360, meaning that if you know one, you already know the other.
Adobe approaches SaaS in a different fashion, the company is well known for graphics orientated tools, such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Those applications have moved into the cloud via Adobe’s Creative Cloud, a subscription based service that encompasses an advanced SaaS offering aimed at the design professional. If the position you seek involves working with graphic elements, it’s a good idea to have a handle on Adobe’s Creative Cloud and understand its nuances.
Both SAP and Oracle are offering what are classified as Line of Business (LOB) applications as cloud based entities. With either of those Vendors, applications such as HR, CRM, ERP, and many others are readily available. It doesn’t hurt to make sure you are familiar with the basic concepts behind LOB applications and how they are used by businesses. Here, concrete knowledge can be readily replaced by the ability to understand and adapt to the tools in use as long as you know the basics.
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