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Top soft and hard skills recruiters should look for in 2019


LinkedIn recently identified the most sought-after soft and hard skills.

While technology skills are undoubtedly in high demand, good writing skills and a sharp analytical mind such as found in journalism, translation and analytical reasoning can also make a candidate more competitive.

The most in-demand hard skills

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Artificial intelligence
  3. Analytical reasoning
  4. People management
  5. UX design
  6. Mobile application development
  7. Video production
  8. Sales leadership
  9. Translation
  10. Audio production
  11. Natural language processing
  12. Scientific computing
  13. Game development
  14. Social media marketing
  15. Animation
  16. Business analysis
  17. Journalism
  18. Digital marketing
  19. Industrial design
  20. Competitive strategies
  21. Customer service systems
  22. Software testing
  23. Data science
  24. Computer graphics
  25. Corporate communications

The most in-demand soft skills

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Time management

The survey result is similar to the World Economic Forum’s top 10 skills in 2020: While creativity is also ranked among the top three, persuasion (or negotiation), collaboration (or co-ordinating with others) and adaptability (or cognitive flexibility) are incumbent for the workers of today and tomorrow.

“The skills companies need most” was determined by looking at the skills that are in high demand relative to their supply. Demand is measured by identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates. Only cities with 100,000 LinkedIn members were included.


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