There are over 36,000 unique skills we measure across more than 6,000 unique job titles on LinkedIn. Here are three different jobs where our data shows Time Management - one of the most common skills we track - ranks among the top skills.
Comparing skills across jobs can make it easier to find the right job for you. Since Time Management is a critical skill for both Food Servers and Operations Coordinators, let’s go deeper to understand the other skills that overlap between the two jobs and what skills you would need to build to move from one job to the other.
Time Management is ranked as the fourth most important skill for both jobs. If we think about comparing them like a venn diagram, those are overlapping skills that are equally useful to both jobs.
To make the comparison, we’ll show you the remaining skills that are important for both jobs. Some skills align more closely to a single role than others, which will be reflected in your view. When skills are less common between two roles, they are placed further from the center, and closer to the job they are more relevant to.
In this comparison, the remaining skills on each side are unique to each job. These skills are certainly still useful and may appear in common with other jobs, but our analysis shows they may not be as helpful for moving from a Food Server to a Operations Coordinator role.
We bring this analysis together into a single metric that we call skill similarity, which helps us understand how well one job might transition to another by giving a score between 0 to 100. In this case, the skills similarity score between Food Server and Operations Coordinator is 52.
So that we can put the skills similarity score between Food Server and Operations Coordinator in context, let’s now compare Food Server to another job: Salesperson. Our data shows there are more similar skills between Food Server and Salesperson, with a skill similarity score of 58.
We’ll make one more comparison to illustrate how skills similarity can help you understand career transitions. The skills similarity between a Food Server and a Customer Service Specialist is 71, indicating there is even higher skill overlap to help you transition from a Food Server role to a Customer Service Specialist role than the previous Operations Coordinator and Salesperson roles.