20 Skills That Might Actually Boost Your Chances of Getting Hired 

Those Coursera courses are helpful in the long term, after all. 

Long gone are the days when recruiters hired people based on alma maters, degree titles, and years of experience. The reality is that skills-based hiring might just yield the best results, especially since hiring for specific positions is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Some jobs require more customer service skills, others might need more problem-solving capabilities. Skills-based hiring has become a global trend, and LinkedIn has identified the top 20 skills that employers from around the world are looking for right now. 

Top Soft Skills

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Management
  • Time Management
  • Strategy 

Top Hard Skills 

  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Accounting
  • Business Development
  • Marking
  • Digital Marketing
  • Sales Management
  • Finance
  • Social Media
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Engineering
  • Social Media Marketing
  • SQL 
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Going through the list, you might just recognize some skills in yourself. For example, almost every person who works in digital nowadays has some comprehension of digital marketing. If these are things you how to do well, then don’t just consider them as random abilities. Build these skills, improve upon them, and add them to your resume.


If you don’t have some of these skills in your arsenal, then add them. LinkedIn, Harvard, Coursera—there are countless free resources online that will build upon these skills. The work landscape is changing. Your chances of landing a job are higher if you’re a jack of all trades, and with the resources we have now, there’s no excuse not to become one. 

If you don’t have a shiny alma mater or degree title on your resume, then make up for it in skills that can’t be ignored. 

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