Top Skills Employers Are Seeking in 2019

The professional networking site LinkedIn recently released its annual list of the top skills employers are seeking in 2019. The compilation actually contains two parts, one revealing the most in-demand “hard” skills (knowledge and abilities required to perform specific tasks, often acquired through formal education and training) and another covering “soft” skills(interpersonal abilities and character traits valuable to numerous positions).
Take a look at these top skills employers are seeking in 2019 to be a more informed job seeker and land that job!

Top Five Skills in Each Category

Hard Skills
  1. Cloud Computing
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Analytical Reasoning
  4. People Management
  5. UX Design
Soft Skills
  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Time Management
Among the skills presented on the lists, hiring managers and recruiters are bound to have particular entries that ring especially true from their own experiences.
“UX roles have always been in demand and this is doubly true in 2019,” says Raquel Lemon, talent acquisition manager for flex-friendly Envato. “An increasing number of businesses are looking to improve their forays into the online world, and as a result, there’s an increased understanding more than ever about the importance of their interface with customers. We are no different at Envato and are working hard to maintain a pipeline of talent in this area through traditional and non-traditional methods.”
In terms of soft skills, Lemon mentions the importance of adaptability. “Change is the new normal, so those candidates who have shown the ability to be regular high performers in organizations that have undergone leadership changes or other transformations are high on the desirable list.”

Developing and Presenting Skills

Candidates possessing sought-after skills should make sure to clearly present them in their application material. Hiring managers will take notice of a cover letter detailing how you used creativity to help your former employer strengthen the company’s brand on social media or a resume citing the two classes you took last year to enhance your knowledge of artificial intelligence.
While hard skills typically get presented as more “teachable” than soft ones, ways exist to improve them, too. LinkedIn Learning offers a range of online courses focused on soft skills that made the list, from a creativity bootcamp to finding your time management style. Or go to an online educational site such as Coursera and type in what ability you want to work on, such as collaboration.
Then, reinforce your talents during the interview with memorable examples. In the process of showcasing why you’re a great fit, you’ll demonstrate firsthand the desirable soft skill of persuasion!