57% of business leaders agree soft (“people”) skills are of greater importance than hard (“technical”) skills. Soft skills are more transferable – helping you to be a better teammate, manager, or leader at any job. Hard skills are often related specifically to one role.
Post-COVID, remote jobs are gaining in popularity. LinkedIn recently stated postings for remote-work jobs jumped 457% (over last year.) A quick search of their Jobs feature verifies the increased availability of remote jobs across nearly all industries. And a search of top LinkedIn profiles indicates users need help articulating their best soft skills.
What are the most in-demand soft skills as of this writing?
- Emotional Intelligence
Interestingly, the World Economic Forum 2020 Future of Jobs Report listed these overall skills competitive professionals must have by 2025:
- Analytical/critical thinking
- Active learning
- Problem-solving/reasoning and ideation
- Creativity and initiative
- Technology use/design
- Stress tolerance and flexibility
As we move into a post-COVID remote work environment, employers are clearly shifting their focus to autonomy and problem-solving as the need grows for trusted employees with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to both work well independently and accept accountability.
While hard skills may help you beat ATS systems, soft skills help you land the interview. However, soft skills can be harder to quantify. It’s tricky to prove in writing that you’re a skilled communicator, a focused leader or a high-level problem solver without education or training to back up your claims. Build your soft skills by taking courses at Udemy, Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, and EdX – many are free, some come with certification. For example, LinkedIn offers a one-month free trial or no-cost permanently for Premium subscribers; Udemy charges $12 per course…who can say no to this? Better still, most offer a certificate, badge, or other proof of successful completion you can share on your resume, profile, and elsewhere.
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Victoria A. Ipri is CEO of Philadelphia-based CXO.systems and a nationally recognized expert in both LinkedIn for personal branding and the application of ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) for resumes. We guarantee your resume will reach the listing recruiter or organization, using our proprietary system.