Thinking about your next career move?
Then learning new soft and hard skills is a pretty good place to start.
The only issue is that there are around 50,000 professional skills in the world to learn – or at least that’s what LinkedIn believes.
Let’s face it, unless you’re planning on having an IQ somewhere in the thousands, acquiring this amount of information simply isn’t needed, nor is it possible.
Luckily, it turns out that employers are after a very particular set of skills in 2019 – which makes your life a lot easier and also means I haven’t had to write a never-ending blog!
And here’s the best part…
Instead of just telling you what skills employers are after, I’ve even taken the time to give you some examples of how you can learn these desired attributes.
Soft skills vs. hard skills
If you haven’t come across the terms soft and hard skills, allow me to give you a super quick rundown.
Soft skills are used to describe your personal attributes that allow you to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.
Examples of this can include:
- Leadership skills
- Teamwork skills
- Problem solving skills
- Work ethic
- Flexibility and adaptability skills
- Interpersonal skills
With artificial intelligence (AI) technology on the rise, it’s allowing recruiters and employers to easily identify these soft skills.
However, soft skills are harder to measure and teach, placing more emphasis on you (the candidate) to clearly demonstrate them.
In contrast, hard skills are teachable abilities or skills that can be easily quantified.
- Your proficiency in a foreign language
- A degree or qualification attained
- Your typing speed
- Your ability to operate a machine or fix a computer
There are also some jobs like an administrator which requires a hybrid of both of these skills.
For instance, you may need to be able to type a certain amount of words every minute (hard skills), as well as having the interpersonal skills (soft skills) to deal with clients/customers.
The soft skills most wanted by employers in 2019
While AI might be simplifying old, out-dated processes in recruitment and business, it’s down to smart professionals to innovate and be creative enough to come up with cool new ideas.
My recommended courses: Creativity Bootcamp and Creativity: Generate Ideas in Greater Quantity and Quality
Having several choices is brilliant news for consumers, but for businesses, it means more competition.
That’s why brushing up on your persuasion techniques is incredibly important in helping sell a great product, platform or concept to tricky customers.
Collaboration and adaptability
As they always say, “There’s no I in team”.
In 2019, collaboration is an essential soft skill to have on your CV.
The whole hybrid nature of jobs and the introduction of new technology is meaning that employers need employees who can adapt and collaborate to help the business grow.
The hard skills most wanted by employers in 2019
UX design and artificial intelligence
While these two areas are world’s apart, they both share the same common goal to make things simpler for humans.
In regards to UX design, users don’t want to go on a disjointed journey through a website as it leaves them confused.
While with AI technology, businesses want to use it to make processes easier for customers and help increase business as a result.
My recommended courses: Artificial Intelligence Foundations: Machine Learning and UX Design: 01 Overview
Mobile app development
Apps are everywhere and more businesses want to start building them for their own clients or customers.
If you learn how to develop them, you’re going to find ample job opportunities and pick up a tidy salary to boot!
The hard skill of being good in the field of sales is and always will be in demand.
You can shape the future of a company and make a lot of money off commission.
Digital Marketing and Social Media
These two areas are hardly surprising in this digital day and age.
Learn the fundamentals of marketing and you’ll find a lot of opportunities out there.
This includes content creation, social media marketing, marketing consultancy, pay-per-click and search engine optimisation.
Before you go signing up for multiple courses, it’s important that you know exactly what career path you want to pursue.
If you need a hand deciding, you might find these following blogs useful:
- ‘How to Plan Your Career Path When You Don’t Know What to Do’
- ‘5 Key Skills That (Pretty Much) All Employers Are Impressed By’
- ‘How to Choose the Right Keywords For Your CV [Guest Post]’