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These are the top 7 career skills employers are looking for in 2019

Sadly, bingeing Netflix isn’t one of them.

Here’s a fun fact: there are at least 50,000 professional skills in the world. Damn, right? Fortunately, you don’t need to know them all to impress an employer. Even among career skills, quality trumps quantity.

However, it can be quite easy to get lost among the noise and be overwhelmed when it comes to whittling down to which qualities you ought to focus on. Gone are the days of bragging about type speeds, fluency in Microsoft Office, and your research capabilities (unless you’re an academic). These are all expected.

Nowadays, employers are looking for a specific set of soft and hard skills on your résumé. Business and employment-oriented service, LinkedIn, recently revealed the results of their industry-wide analyses. Here are 7 of the most sought-after career skills in 2019, along with course suggestions to start developing them:

1. Creativity

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Yes, we are headed towards a world run by robots, but robots won’t be the free-thinkers and innovators, we are and will be. Creativity is especially important when it comes to problem-solving as it not only makes you better able to deal with uncertainty but also approach an issue from various perspectives.

Courses: Creative Leadership Toolkit: Curiosity, History, and Discovery, The Five-Step Creative Process

2. People management

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It’s not as simple as dictating. Employers are looking for people who coach and empower their employees, creating a nurturing and positive work environment. Even if you’re not interested in a managerial position, showcasing this specific skill still makes you a positive member to have around.

Courses: Managing Team Conflict, The Manager’s Toolkit, Corporate Leadership and People Management

3. Persuasion

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Persuasion is at the root of any business. Arguably, not all positions require this skill but this trait is extremely handy on any basis. Showcasing this ability, then, sets you apart from the flock, and makes you desirable for roles which do require it, opening you up to new opportunities. This is also useful when it comes to negotiating your employment package. 

CoursesIntroduction to Negotiation, Getting a YES, Persuading Others

4. Translation

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The Internet has made quick work of ensuring wide reaches. Speaking multiple languages is a very attractive trait among potential employees then, especially in communications, as they open up exciting business avenues. Plus, learning new languages improves brain function – a win all around!

Courses: Communicating Across Cultures, Translation in Practice

5. Collaboration

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Demonstrating a proven ability to work well with others is important. The majority of work involves teaming up with others in some capacity, be it a short stint or long-term. Don’t confuse this with amicability though, because while friendliness is recommended, make sure you don’t find yourself in a position where you’re too accommodating as people are quick to take advantage.

Courses: How to Listen, Teamwork Skills, Be a Strong Teammate

6. Analytical reasoning

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A logical mind plays well in a work environment as it makes you a problem-solver. Being analytical allows you to evaluate simple or complex issues and encompasses attention to detail, critical thinking, decision-making as well as research capabilities. All tools to make smart informed decisions – highly sought after career skills.

Courses: Decision-Making Strategies, Data-driven Decision Making

7. Adaptability

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The world is rapidly-evolving. Just look at what we’ve accomplished in the past 20 years alone. Being open to the concept of change allows you to quickly adjust to new situations. This puts you a step ahead of those refusing to change.

Courses: Strategic Agility, How to Drive and Adapt

The key to success, then, is to keep learning. The soft skills listed here are ones which will never go out of style. But as times change and we continue to innovate, the hard skills mentioned here – while valuable today – will be quick to become outdated… like an aptitude for Microsoft Office.

Fortunately, the web is filled with wonderful resources to help you learn, sustain, and grow your career skills. At the end of the day, the one skill you need to guarantee your success is how hardworking you are. So, as long as you keep grinding, anything the world throws at you can be overcome.