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
Mobile application development
Natural language processing
Social media marketing
Customer service systems
The most in-demand soft skills
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.