The 15 most valued career skills

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3 On Your Side: A Look At Skills You Need To Get A Jobs That Pays

A strong work ethic, great time management and adaptability—these are classic job skills that will take you far in any career.

But in today's competitive job market, simply writing "hard worker" on your resume won't be enough to set you apart or take your career to that next level.

Luckily, there are certain skills that will.

Money.com and Payscale joined forces and completed an analysis that shows us just exactly what those skills are.

Over 54 million employee profiles were analyzed across 350 industries, with over 15,000 different job titles being looked at varying greatly in both level of experience and salary.

Think you know what specific skills come with a big payoff?

Click through below to see the top 15 most valued skills by employer:

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#15: IT security and infrastructure
Pay premium: 3.7 percent

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#14: Business analysis
Pay premium: 3.8 percent

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#13: SAP material management
Pay premium: 3.9 percent

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#12: Risk management/risk control
Pay premium: 3.9 percent

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#11: Financial analysis
Pay premium: 4.0 percent

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#10: Customer service metrics
Pay premium: 4.3 percent

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#9: Technical sales
Pay premium: 4.3 percent

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#8: Strategic planning
Pay premium: 4.3 percent

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#7: Strategic project management
Pay premium: 4.4 percent

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#6: Software development
Pay premium: 4.9 percent

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#5: Contract negotiation
Pay premium: 5.0 percent

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#4: Data Modeling
Pay premium: 5.0 percent

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#3: Search engine marketing
Pay premium: 5.0 percent​

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#2: Data mining/Data warehosing 
Pay premium: 5.1 percent

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#1: SAS (Statistical Analysis System)
Pay premium: 6.1 percent​

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Money.com notes that the study "compared people with the same title, age, location, and experience, isolating the specific skills...correlated with higher pay, advancement, and career opportunity."

Whether you're strongly seasoned in several of these areas or none at all, the good news is that most (if not all) of these skills can be easily acquired and learned.

SEE ALSO: You're more likely to land your dream job if you do this one simple thing

Tech wizard or not, you can train yourself to learn most anything you put your mind to.

And never forget that a strong work ethic is never invaluable—if you start there, you're guaranteed to succeed.

Check out the full list of the top 21 skills on Money.com.

RELATED: 5 tips to help you land your first job

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Take advantage of your college career center
Most universities offer career coaching from trained professionals who specialize in development and advancement. Whether or not you have an idea of your career plans post-college, it can be beneficial to take a few hours out of your day and set up an appointment with one of the counselors. Many times, these professionals can review and help you tailor your resumé and cover letter. To top it off, because of their experience and networks in various industries, counselors have the potential to connect you with hiring managers.

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Begin creating and using your network 
One of the most important aspects to finding a job is taking advantage of your professional and personal network. Your connections can vary from your family members and friends to your professors and alumni. If you feel as if you're lacking a valuable network, however, business association events and gatherings are the best way to gain important contacts.

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Participate in recruiting and career fairs 
This piece of advice may be the most obvious, but many students fail to take advantage of it. Careers fairs orchestrated by your specific college are invaluable. They allow you to not only learn about opportunities in your respective career, but it also allows you the opportunity to network with hiring managers and employers of the companies present.

Use your social media wisely 
It goes without saying that we live in a social media world. Everything you do online can be tracked, so it's important to make sure you are representing your personality and style accurately, and in the best possible light -- you never know who may be looking at your page.


 
Always follow up  
With the advancement of modern technology, most job applications are done online. Because of this new process, it oftentimes makes it harder to find the person of contact to follow up with. However, you shouldn't let that initial obstacle prevent you from following up. If you can't find the name of the hiring manager directly reviewing your application, use LinkedIn to do a search of the next best person to reach out to. Many potential employees miss out on interviews by not being proactive and sending follow up emails.
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