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Top 5 LinkedIn Soft Skills You Should Start Developing Now

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As fears of recession and layoffs hit the headlines, recent graduates may find themselves stumbling through an uncertain job market.

A recent survey of 1,000 US graduates ages 18-54 over the last 12 months indicated that many are anxious about their “professional readiness”.

Nearly half of recent college graduates said they didn’t apply for entry-level jobs because they felt underqualified, according to the survey.

And that’s an even bigger challenge for anyone new to the workforce.

“One of the challenges young workers can face is a lack of experience when entering the workforce,” said Pooja Chhabria, Career Specialist and Head of Asia Pacific Editorial at LinkedIn.

Hard skills can help you get a recruiter’s attention, but soft skills can help you land the job.

Pooja Chhabria

career expert, LinkedIn

While Gen Z workers — between the ages of 18 and 24 — may be concerned about their lack of experience, some industries are hiring “aggressively,” according to LinkedIn.

For example, job postings on the platform grew year on year in October 2022 for sectors such as government administration – which saw a 52% growth in Australia and a staggering 88% in Singapore.

Retail job openings grew by 114% in Australia and 49% in India, while logistics and supply chain jobs grew by 41% in Singapore.

These jobs may be from different industries, but they have one thing in common – an emphasis on soft skills, which Chhabria stressed are valued across industries and jobs.

how to stand out

Companies are shifting from a “traditional experience-based” hiring approach to a skills-first approach, Chhabria said.

This is due to the “rapid pace of change and disruption” that industries are experiencing, and skills-based hiring helps employers hire talent that meets the growing needs of companies, she added.

“87% of recruiters believe that skills are crucial when evaluating candidates. A skills-based approach also creates a much broader talent pool, and talent diversity is necessary to remain competitive in today’s marketplace.”

“LinkedIn data reveals that across Asia Pacific, a skills-based hiring approach will increase the overall Gen Z talent pool by 10.8 times in Australia, 14.1 times in India and 7 times in Singapore. “, she said.

Asia-Pacific hiring rate still relatively high despite recession fears, says LinkedIn

While hard skills remain crucial to securing a job, soft skills can help candidates stand out.

“Hard skills can help you get a recruiter’s attention, but soft skills can help you land the job,” added Chhabria.

“Hard skills are the technical skills needed to do your job. For example, if you’re applying to be a sales professional, you need to have knowledge of sales processes and how to use a CRM platform,” she said.

“[But] You also need interpersonal skills, such as presentation skills to deliver a great sales pitch to your client or communication skills to be able to confidently communicate with your team and the client.”

These are the top five soft skills young workers should focus on in the new year, according to LinkedIn:

  • Communication: Being able to communicate your ideas, views and opinions concisely so that people can understand what you are sharing.
  • Time management: With the rise of remote work, time management has become even more important for building trust with your employer and demonstrating the value you are bringing to the team.
  • Critical thinking: Ability to understand and approach a situation based on all available facts and information.
  • Problem Solving: Presenting solutions and looking for new ways to solve problems.
  • Soft skills: In a post-pandemic workplace, the ability to build relationships and collaborate with teams globally is an important skill.

Taking on new assignments or projects can improve your problem-solving skills and provide opportunities to learn how to better handle stress, criticism, and conflict.

Pooja Chhabria

career expert, LinkedIn