Skills that demonstrate how you work with others and bring new ideas to the table.
For many of us, writing our CV is a task we dread.
The contact details part is easy (or it should be), education can be tricky (how far back should you really go?), experience is challenging because you're expected to fit your well accomplished yet lengthy career history into a short-and-sweet one-pager but by far the worst part of filling out your CV is the skills section.
First, you've to navigate between hard and soft skills. For the uninitiated, soft skills are more about the way we are as people, as opposed to the actual tasks we’re able to complete in a role. For example, being a people person and having the ability to relate to and work easily with colleagues would be a soft skill. While being able to shoot and edit photographs would be a hard skill.
While you wouldn't be wrong to presume that hard skills are what employers care more about (of course if you're applying for a job in finance, you're going to need to know your way around Excel) but as LinkedIn’s research shows, hard skills aren’t all employers are interested in. In fact, there are five soft skills in particular that are soaring in demand.
The soft skills of particular interest at the moment are creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and time management – all skills that demonstrate how you work with others and bring new ideas to the table.
Keep scrolling for why, in LinkedIn's opinion, each one is so valued by companies.
"While robots are great at optimizing old ideas, organisations most need creative employees who can conceive the solutions of tomorrow."
"Having a great product, a great platform or a great concept is one thing, but the key is persuading people to buy into it."
"As projects grow increasingly more complex and global in the age of AI, effective collaboration only grows more important."
"An adaptable mind is an essential tool for navigating today’s ever-changing world, as yesterday’s solutions won’t solve tomorrow’s problems."
"A timeless skill, mastering time management today will serve you the rest of your career."
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