There is a strong emphasis on soft skills, rather than just on hard ones.
Soft skills have always been important with any job search, though there seems to be more of an emphasis on them since the economy started to reopen. I believe the current pandemic, as well as the long-overdue calls for equality, have made companies recognize the need for employees to have emotional intelligence and social graces. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively, foster positive work environments and remain sensitive to employee needs will be just as important as hard skills (programming, mathematics, a foreign language, etc.) for businesses to succeed.
Diversity, inclusion and a positive corporate culture is being promoted through words and (thankfully) action.
The health pandemic we are currently facing, though unlike anything we have ever seen before, is only a part of 2020 (what a year!). The horrific death of George Floyd brought much-needed calls for action, as systemic racism and the need for change is now the focus of our society and the world at large. Companies understand that their role is to provide a physically and emotionally safe space for employees, while remaining committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives. Blind hiring processes are starting to be implemented, as well as corporate cultures that draw attention to the need for progress and reform.
The importance of data collection and analysis to make key decisions.
There is no question that data has been king for quite some time now. Used for marketing, risk management, e-commerce, continuous improvement and much more, data provides accurate ways to measure, review and evaluate programs and results. The need for data, and the importance of data, has only been further accentuated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, there have been calls for reform around how data is amassed and reviewed, since data — when collected in a fair, balanced manner — provides feedback that is not political or biased. If you only have a basic understanding of data and metrics, I strongly recommend taking online courses to improve your data literacy.