Your ability to land your dream job is ultimately tied to how much you have invested in yourself. Fortunately, there are thousands of skills that you can study to help land you the perfect job. That said, some skills attract higher pay packets than the others—it is just a matter of knowing what a recruiter wants; and then go for it. To help you make an informed decision, LinkedIn has just published its annual “Top Skills” list—the 2019 version. The publication analyzes data across the professional social network so that skills that are in high or low demand are ranked accordingly.
It is not a coincidence that LinkedIn has chosen a period as this—January, to publish its lists for the new year. No doubt, some skills will rank more than the others, and will most certainly attract top companies.
Arriving at the Top Skills list did not come easy though—giving that there are a minimum of 50,000 professional skills in the world, per LinkedIn data. Despite the large reservoir of skills to choose from, it is only important to limit your choice to those ones that would stand you out in the current year.
So, how did LinkedIn arrive at its Top Skills list? LinkedIn Learning editor Paul Petrone provides an overview in a blog post:
“We used exclusive LinkedIn data to determine the skills companies need most in 2019. These are the skills your boss and your boss’s boss find most valuable, but have a hard time finding – and the skills that’ll most help you better serve your clients and customers.”
The categories have been divided into two—soft skills and hard skills. While the soft skill category only listed five different top skills, the hard skill category went even further by listing 25. However, this article will only list the top five in the first category, and the top five in the second category.
Top Five Soft Skills for 2019
- Creativity: While robots are great at optimizing old ideas, organizations most need creative employees who can conceive the solutions of tomorrow.
- Persuasion: Having a great product, a great platform or a great concept is one thing, but the key is persuading people to buy into it.
- Collaboration: As projects grow increasingly more complex and global in the age of AI, effective collaboration only grows more important.
- Adaptability: An adaptable mind is an essential tool for navigating today’s ever-changing world, as yesterday’s solutions won’t solve tomorrow’s problems.
- Time Management: A timeless skill, mastering time management today will serve you the rest of your career.
Top Five Hard Skills for 2019
- Cloud Computing: As the world rushes toward the cloud, companies are desperately searching for engineers who have the skills to accommodate this demand.
- Artificial Intelligence: It is the age of AI.
- Analytical Reasoning: As they collect more data than ever before, companies are hungry for professionals who can make smart decisions based off of it.
- People Management: The world has changed from a “command-and-control” model toward leaders who can coach and empower, a difficult skillset few professionals possess.
- UX Design: UX design is the key to making a digital world work for humans.