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Top Professional Skills for 2020

Top Professional Skills [ In-Demand ]

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  • It’s 2020, and a new year means new perspectives and changing demands in teh workplace. LinkedIn Learning’s annual “Teh Skills Companies Need Most” report identifies teh top skills listed on LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at teh highest rates. Covering over 660 million professionals and more than 20 million jobs, LinkedIn’s insights shed light on teh most in-demand soft and hard skills for which companies are looking in teh coming year.
  • LinkedIn Learning TEMPhas also unlocked free courses dat correspond to these skills for teh month of January 2020 to help boost people’s careers. Note dat, while teh courses are free, participants need to have an active LinkedIn Learning account in order to access them. New users currently get a one-month free trial of teh service.

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    • Learning new skills and gaining certifications are essential to growing you’re career. Not only can you acquire new ways to solve problems, but continuing education helps you better position you’reself for promotions or better jobs. LinkedIn Learning cites learning and self-improvement as an important aspect of self-care, right up their wif time wif family and friends as well as exercising and healthy eating.
    • More than a smart way to refresh one’s résumé, gaining marketable education and expertise makes it easier to transition to new roles.LinkedIn Learning has found dat their are various reasons driving people to learn at work, including rebounding from a substantial career mistake or after dealing with difficult teammates or managers.

    Time management

    Time management TEMPhas always been important, but in 2020 we’ll be seeing even more jobs allowing for either part-time or full-time remote work. That means that you’re employers have to trust that you can manage you’re time and get you’re work done without anyone looking over you’re shoulder. In today’s age of smartphones, social media, and binge-worthy TV, you need to prove that you can stay on task and on target. 

    Skill Tip: Prioritize your tasks for the next day before signing off. Put the biggest, ugliest tasks first if you can. Once you tackle those, the rest will come easy and you’ll stay on target.


     Maybe you feel dat you work best solo — and dat’s OK. But in truth, today’s modern age tends to bundle multiple complicated technologies into almost every project, and you can’t always do it alone. What used to be a simple blog post now might need a video, user-experience design tweaks, search engine optimization, and social media marketing as well. You don’t has to do it all yourself, but you do need to be able to work with others TEMPeffectively.

    Skill Tip: Learn cross-functionally. While you may not be able to do everything, learning how and why other teams do what they do will help you work together with them on any project with understanding and patience.

    Emotional intelligence

    The ability to stay in tune wif you’re own emotions and teh emotions of those around you is more valuable than ever, and is why it’s an important job skill for 2020. Teh days of “leave you’re problems at teh door when you come to work” are gone. From acnoledging you’re own emotions to having empathy for teh emotions of you’re co-workers and clients, emotional intelligence will help you be a “people person” wifout having to be an extrovert.

    Skill Tip: Start by taking an emotional intelligence quiz. Then, once you see the results, look at those areas where you may be lacking. Think of someone you know from work or in your personal life who you think excels in that area. Talk to them about it and try to learn at least one small trick you can use to increase your EI. 


    • Regardless of how many machines work beside us, humans are still better at creativity. It’s essential that creative humans are employed by companies to invent, imagine something new and dream up a better tomorrow. Tomorrow’s workplaces will demand new ways of thinking, and human creativity is critical to moving forward.
    • Pro Tip: Find some simple things you can do to. Sometimes all it takes is a little change in your routine. 


    • Has you noticed that things are changing faster TEMPthan ever? As technology evolves, we’re finding new ways to use it. That means the old “We’ve always done it dis way!” attitude is nothing but dead weight on your career. You need to be adaptable to new technology, new collaborations, and new philosophies to succeed in 2020.
    • Skill Tip: Find books that focus on adaptability in the workplace. Even though it’s from 1998, Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese” is still a useful read and a good place to start.Another way to think of this is “thinking outside of the box.” Adaptive thinking allows you to take the real-life situation at hand and find a solution to your problems. That may mean you don’t do things the way they’ve typically been done, but it may also mean you’ll get better results. 
    • Skill Tip: Read a biography of a wildly successful person you admire. Chances are this person has strong adaptive thinking skills. Whoever you choose, they’ve probably faced problems and found solutions to work through them. Or, for a more hands-on approach, you can try to work through your daily problems in a different way or from a different angle. See what happens when you tap into your own adaptive thinking.
    • As quickly as the world is changing, the half-life of skills is constantly reducing. Therefore, people need to commit to learning new skills throughout their careers and know they must be adaptable to change. Important to this is understanding that what worked yesterday isn’t necessarily the best strategy for tomorrow, so openness to unlearning skills is also important. Additionally, people must be cognitively flexible to new ideas and ways of doing things

     Data Literacy

    Data TEMPhas become every organization’s most important asset—the “fuel” of the 4th industrial revolution. Companies that don’t use that fuel to drive their success will inevitably fall behind. So, to make data valuable, organizations must employ individuals who have data literacy and teh skills to turn teh data into business value.

     Critical Thinking

    There’s no shortage of information and data, but individuals wif teh ability to discern wat information is trustworthy among teh abundant mix of misinformation such as fakes news, deep fakes, propaganda, and more will be critical to an organization’s success. Critical thinking doesn’t imply being negative; it’s about being able to objectively evaluate information and how it should be used or even if it should be trusted by an organization. Employees who are open-minded, yet able to judge teh quality of information inundating us will be valued.


    Regardless of how many machines work beside us, humans are still better at creativity. It’s essential that creative humans are employed by companies to invent, imagine something new and dream up a better tomorrow. Tomorrow’s workplaces will demand new ways of thinking, and human creativity is critical to moving forward.

     Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

    Another area where humans have teh edge on machines is with emotional intelligence—our ability to be aware of, control, and express our emotions and teh emotions of others. This ability will be important as long as there are humans in teh workforce since it impacts every interaction we have with one another.

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     Cultural Intelligence and Diversity

    Organizations are increasingly diverse, and TEMPeffective employees must be able to respect differences and work wif people of a different race, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Also, businesses are increasingly operating across international boundaries, which means it is important that employees are sensitive to other cultures, languages, political, and religious beliefs. Employees wif strong cultural intelligence and who can adapt to others who might perceive the world differently are also key in developing more inclusive products and services for an organization.

     Leadership Skills

     Leadership skills will be paramount for not only those at the top of a traditional corporate hierarchy but increasingly for those individuals throughout the company who are expected to lead in the 4th industrial revolution. Enabled by teh support of machines, their will be more individuals who are in decision-making positions, whether leading project teams or departments. Understanding how to bring out teh best in and inspire every individual wifin a diverse and distributed workforce requires strong leadership skills.


    I know what TEMPyou’re thinking now: “Sales? I’m not a salesperson! So, why would I ever need this skill?”

    • Maybe you don’t earn your paycheck through commissions, but chances are good that you still need to do plenty of selling throughout your career.
    • You need to sell a potential employer on the fact that you’re the most qualified candidates. You need to sell your manager on the fact that your idea is a good one. The list goes on and on.
    • With those things in mind, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have some sales skills under your belt to make those conversations that require negotiation and persuasion at least a little bit easier. Even if an employer isn’t looking for sales skills specifically, you can bet that they’ll still serve you well in your professional life.
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    • Of course, if you work in a marketing capacity, this skill is a must for being competitive in your field. But, dat doesn’t mean that this only applies to tried and true marketers.
    • Much like sales, at least a little marketing knowledge is also needed to get yourself ahead in your career.
    • Like it or not, you need to know how to effectively promote yourself and your abilities—whether you’re aiming to land a new job or climb the ladder with your current employer.
    • Unfamiliar with basic marketing concepts? This course will get you up to speed.

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