Today, more organizations like Google, Apple, IBM and Facebook are no longer emphasizing the need for specific titles or experience and instead shifting towards a focus on skills when considering candidates for a job.
According to latest research by LinkedIn, the skills companies’ need most are determined by looking at skills that are in high demand relative to their supply. The research was conducted by analyzing hundreds of thousands of job postings in order to determine which skills companies need most in 2019. The results showed that employers are looking for workers with a combination of both hard and soft skills.
Let’s first consider the meaning of hard and soft skills.
Investopedia defines hard skills as "specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, such as typing, writing, math, reading and the ability to use software programs". Hard skills are characterized by being quantifiable; such as proficiency in a foreign language, earning a degree or certificate, operating a machine, or programming a computer. These skills can be learned in school or read about in a book and apply to a specific type of role or industry.
Soft skills on the other hand, are less tangible and harder to quantify; such as etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk. Soft skills are characterized as more personality-oriented interpersonal skills, such as teamwork, flexibility, patience, persuasion and time management. As employers find it easier to teach new hires hard skills, employers often look for job applicants with specific soft skills instead. So, what are the top hard and soft skills companies’ value the most in 2019?
The top FIVE most in-demand hard skills:
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As more data is collected, there is a greater need for professionals who can base solutions off it.
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The top FIVE most in-demand soft skills:
Conceiving imaginative, authentic, innovative ideas is sure to put you ahead of the rest. There'll always be a need for creative employees who can formulate the solutions of tomorrow.
Having a great idea, product or service is one thing, but the key is persuading people to buy into it. For this you will need to be able to form a strong, convincing argument why you, or your product or services, are the very best, or the “right” one!
Working with people who have different perspectives or areas of expertise often results in better ideas. As projects become increasingly more complex, effective collaboration grows more important. By collaborating with others, skills can be pooled to make projects more successful than it might be otherwise.
Being adaptable is essential for navigating today’s ever-changing world. Having an ability to adapt to changing situations and expectations makes you more valuable to employers. It also makes you more equipped for a variety of career opportunities.
Time management requires discipline, planning, and a strong attitude. If you get it right, you will see the benefits in terms of higher productivity and lower stress levels. Time management is a timeless skill that will be useful throughout your career.
Based on the research, one thing is clear - employers value skills over experience. By paying attention to in-demand skills such as the above, you can be sure you’ll remain in-demand among employers.