By Gary Hinde, Toronto Technology Recruiter

The work world continues to change at an alarming pace. Just think of all the new roles and skills common today that didn’t exist or were in their infancy only a few short years ago. The list of in-demand skills continues to change. Both candidates and companies need to understand these trends and adapt or lose footing. Successful candidates and organizations are consistently seeking new ways to reinvent themselves.

LinkedIn Learning recently compiled a list of the skills most companies need in 2018. They used a combination of LinkedIn data and survey results to compile a list of soft and hard skills companies need to focus on.

We’ve put together a summary of the top soft skills and hard skills that are in demand today:

Soft Skills Companies Need

soft skills

Soft skills are extremely important. 57% of company leaders say they are more important than hard skills. Based on a recent LinkedIn survey, these are the top in-demand soft skills:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Time Management

Are you surprised by this list? Perhaps what is most surprising is these are core soft skills that you would expect most candidates to have. But, as the boomers continue to retire and a new generation moves into management roles, many companies have had difficulty finding qualified candidates for more senior roles.

As a candidate, this is an opportunity for you to refine these skills to improve your attractiveness as a candidate.

Hard Skills Companies Need

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Using LinkedIn data, here are the top 12 hard skills organizations are working to fill:

  • Cloud computing
  • Statistical analysis
  • Integration software
  • Web architecture
  • User interface design
  • Software control systems
  • Data presentation
  • SEO/SEM marketing
  • Mobile development
  • Network and information security
  • Marketing campaign management
  • Data engineering

Based on this list, it’s clear companies are focusing on and have shortcomings in IT, data management, and internet marketing. Expect these areas to be a focal point for company recruiting efforts this year and in the years to come.

More Career and Recruiting Advice from LinkedIn

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Gary Hinde Technology Recruiter

Gary Hinde

Gary is a Partner and Practice Lead of one of Toronto's most respected team of IT recruiters. He has a strong background in building and managing teams, and specializes in contract and permanent placements within the IT space. With over 15 years of IT Sales and Recruitment experience, Gary is committed to customer service and has a genuine love for working with people and solving business problems.

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