Updated: Sep 26
If you had to evaluate yourself, would you say your hard skills or soft skills are stronger?
The newest trend in recruiting for 2020 is a shift from evaluating candidates based on their hard technical skills, to a focus on soft skills. However, hard skills are still as important as ever. In the IT world, there is a shortage of people qualified to work on various technical projects including artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and user experience design (UX).
For these types of positions, you simply will not be able to complete your job without the necessary education and training, no matter how strong your soft skills are. However, for many other types of positions, your soft skills could be exactly what a future employer is looking for.
So, without further adieu, here are the top 3 in demand soft skills of 2020.
SKILL #1: CREATIVITY
People with creative minds are rapidly becoming among the most desired job candidates of 2019. As companies push to innovate, the need for creative thinkers only continues to increase. In fact, Google’s recruiters look for people coined as “smart creatives” to keep Google on the frontier of technological innovation.
SKILL #2: PERSUASION
The ability to persuade people is a required skill to perform in many jobs today, especially in sales. Ultimately, a company needs to sell something and must have persuasive employees in order to accomplish this. Persuasion also benefits companies in many other ways, such as negotiating favorable terms to contracts, and landing new clients.
SKILL #3: COLLABORATION
Teamwork is and always will be a highly sought after skill in all companies. The ability to get along with others and collaborate meaningfully is essential to being part of a team.