ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A JOB: TOP 10 MOST ‘IN-DEMAND’ SKILLS IN 2019

Getting jobs is no longer going to any university and graduate with a piece of diploma or degree. The job market has been so competitive that even with a degree in IT (information technology), there is no guarantee you will secure a job, unless 20 years ago. Nowadays, only a combination of specific skills – either soft or hard – can increase your chances of landing a job.

Hard skills are defined as “specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, such as typing, writing, math, reading and the ability to use software programs.” This skill, which can be measured or defined, depends on your left brain, or the logic centre. You can learn hard skills in school or college or even read about it in a book (self-learning).

Soft skills are defined as “less tangible and harder to quantify, such as etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk.” Unlike hard skills, these skills are more difficult to measure. These intangible soft skills are derived from the right brain and include skills such as people skills, social skills, and personality skills.

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Jobs or labour market depends very much on the economy. When the economy slows, naturally retrenchment happens and unemployment will skyrocket. For example, the U.S. stock market jumped 747 points last Friday because the December jobs report showed additional 312,000 jobs being created. However, in Malaysia, 21,532 people had lost their jobs nationwide in 2018.

Still, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. currently has over 7 million unfilled jobs – largely because the country is facing a skills gap.Companies like Google, Apple, IBM, Facebook and Bank of America no longer require applicants to have a college degree. Instead, they are shifting towards a focus on the skills that a potential employee may bring.

“Skills really matter the most. We actually value skills over experience in the grand scheme of things,” – said Janelle Gale, Facebook’s vice president of human resources. Hence, her advice for job seekers interested in landing a job at Facebook is to focus on skills and apply – even if your resume does not exactly match the job description.

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So, what are the top skills sought after for the year 2019? According to LinkedIn’s latest research, cloud computing will be the single most in-demand hard skill in 2019. Yes, tech skills still dominate the most in-demand hard skills. And cloud computing business is where you can find employment in companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, IBM, Oracle and whatnot.

On the other hand, the soft skill that makes it to the top is creativity. And that isn’t surprising – organizations everywhere need people who can innovate and conceive fresh ideas and solutions. Even a job seeker with exceptional hard skills will not make it without the necessary soft skills in order to stand out and succeed in any of the above roles.

Here is the top-5 most in-demand hard skills in 2019:

{ 1 } Cloud Computing

{ 2 } Artificial Intelligence

{ 3 } Analytical Reasoning

{ 4 } People Management

{ 5 } UX Design

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Here is the top-5 most in-demand soft skills in 2019:

{ 1 } Creativity

{ 2 } Persuasion

{ 3 } Collaboration

{ 4 } Adapability

{ 5 } Time Management

According to LinkedIn, creativity and adaptability joined the list for the first time in the soft skills demands. At the top-5 most in-demand hard skills, surprisingly, people management was the newcomer to the list. The emergence of these 3 new skills suggests that employers recognize the importance of embracing modern technologies as well as recognizing those things technology can’t do.

Yes, companies do not merely appreciate geniuses or top students or geeks who most often than not communicate with machines. They need people with skills to connect with other people, engage in out-of-the-box thinking and quickly adapt to new priorities or problems. As a matter of fact, 57% of corporate leaders say soft skills are more important than hard skills.

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