Businesses evolve. So do your skill requirements. As a Toronto recruitment agency, we know that with every new year, there are certain skills and knowledge areas you need your employees to adapt to. While the focus on developing technology-based skills is obvious, other soft skills are proving to be just as important to company development. The sooner you can identify and utilize the most in-demand skills, the quicker you can gain a competitive advantage over your top rivals.

“Understanding what those skills are early on can give you a leg up on the competition. And while the soft skills valued by companies tend to change gradually, the most sought-after hard skills evolve lickety-split, pushed largely by the relentless transformation of modern technology,” says Bruce Anderson on the LinkedIn Talent Blog.

So, what are the top soft and hard skills right now? LinkedIn has identified the skills companies need the most in 2020.

Toronto recruitment agency discusses the most in demand skills of 2020

Top 5 Soft Skills Companies Need

Here are the top behaviours, approaches, ways of thinking and personal skills companies need today:

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is becoming a very important skill. People with strong EQ can help improve company culture. You can assess these skills through personality testing.

Top 10 Hard Skills Companies Need

Here are the top knowledge areas and technical abilities companies need today:

  1. Blockchain
  2. Cloud computing
  3. Analytical reasoning
  4. Artificial intelligence
  5. UX design
  6. Business analysis
  7. Affiliate marketing
  8. Sales
  9. Scientific computing
  10. Video production

Blockchain is leading the way for in-demand hard skills this year. “Blockchain is now being used in industries ranging from shipping to healthcare, from farming and food safety to entertainment and gaming,” says Anderson.

Read More About Skills Requirements

Check out these recent blogs by our expert Toronto recruiters about how to assess candidate skills, and the types of skills to focus on developing.

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Steven Petroff

As a member of both our Accounting and Legal practices, Steven specializes in the recruitment of lawyers, law clerks, accountants, and investment advisors across a number of industries. Steven supports a large network of candidates as a LinkedIn Profile Expert and Career Coach.

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