Top soft and hard skills recruiters should look for in 2019

Top soft and hard skills recruiters should look for in 2019

 in All markets by Samantha Chan

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

  • Cloud computing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Analytical reasoning
  • People management
  • UX design
  • Mobile application development
  • Video production
  • Sales leadership
  • Translation
  • Audio production
  • Natural language processing
  • Scientific computing
  • Game development
  • Social media marketing
  • Animation
  • Business analysis
  • Journalism
  • Digital marketing
  • Industrial design
  • Competitive strategies
  • Customer service systems
  • Software testing
  • Data science
  • Computer graphics
  • Corporate communications

The most in-demand soft skills

  • Creativity
  • Persuasion
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • 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.

This article was first published in Human Resources and is reproduced with permission. Original article can be found at