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The 5 Best LinkedIn Soft Skills You Should Start Developing Right Now

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As the recession fears and layoffs make headlinesnew graduates may encounter an uncertain job market.

A recent survey of 1,000 US college graduates aged 18-54 over the past 12 months indicated that many are concerned about their “career readiness”.

Nearly half of recent graduates said they did not apply for entry-level jobs because they felt underqualified, the survey found.

And it is even more difficult for newcomers to the labor market.

“One of the challenges that young workers can face is the lack of experience when they enter the job market,” said Pooja Chhabria, career expert and editorial manager for Asia-Pacific 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 – those between the ages of 18 and 24 – may worry about their lack of experience, some industries hire “aggressively”, according to LinkedIn.

For example, job postings on the platform increased year-on-year in October 2022 for sectors like government administration – which saw growth of 52% in Australia and 88% in Singapore.

Retail job openings increased by 114% in Australia and 49% in India, while openings in Logistics and supply chain increased by 41% in Singapore.

These jobs may be in different industries, but they have one thing in common: a focus on soft skills, which Chhabria says are valued across multiple sectors and jobs.

How to stand out

Companies have moved from a “traditional experience-based” approach to priority to skillsChhabria said.

This is because of the “rapid pace of change and disruption” industries are going through, and skills-based hiring helps employers hire talent that matches changing business needs, she added.

“87% of recruiters believe skills are critical when reviewing candidates. A skills-based approach also creates a much larger talent pool, and talent diversity is necessary to stay competitive in today’s marketplace. today.”

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

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

While hard skills remain essential to landing a job, soft skills can help candidates stand out from the crowd.

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

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

“[But] you also need soft skills such as presentation skills to deliver a great sales pitch to your client or communication skills so you can confidently communicate with your team and the client.

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

  • Communication: Being able to communicate your thoughts, opinions, and opinions concisely so people can understand what you are sharing.
  • Time management: With the rise of remote worktime management has become even more important to build trust with your employer and demonstrate the value you add to the team.
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to understand and manage a situation based on all available facts and information.
  • Problem solving: proposing solutions and looking for new ways to solve problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills: In a post-pandemic workplacethe 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 give you the opportunity to learn how to better handle stress, criticism, and conflict.

Pooja Chhabria

Career Expert, LinkedIn

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