Are these skills and keywords in your resume?

Using their gathered data and survey results, LinkedIn listed (in US dollars) the Top Soft and Hard Skills Companies Need Most in 2018:

Soft Skills:

  1. Leadership
  2. Communication
  3. Collaboration
  4. Time Management


Hard Skills:


1. Cloud and Distributed Computing

Related Jobs: Platform Engineer ($120,000), Cloud Architect ($135,000)


2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

Related Jobs: Business Analyst ($72,000), Data Analyst ($62,000), Statistician ($90,200)


3. Middleware and Integration Software

Related Jobs: IT Manager ($95,000), Systems Integration Engineer ($98,000)


4. Web Architecture and Development Framework

Related Jobs: Web developer ($65,000), Full Stack Web Developer ($77,000)


5. User Interface Design

Related Jobs: UX Designer ($85,000), Web Developer ($65,000), UI Designer ($72,000)


6. Software Revision Control Systems

Related Jobs: Web Developer ($65,000), Software Programmer ($64,000)


7. Data Presentation

Related Jobs: Graphic Designer ($45,000), Data Scientist ($113,000), Business Consultant ($83,000)


8. SEO/SEM Marketing

Related Jobs: Marketing Specialist ($49,000), Online Marketing Manager ($80,000), Advertising Manager ($61,200)


9. Mobile Development

Related Jobs: Mobile Engineer ($95,000), Mobile Application Developer ($83,800)


10. Network and Information Security

Related Jobs: Information Security Specialist ($96,000), Cyber Security Specialist ($92,500)


11. Marketing Campaign Management

Related Jobs: Online Marketing Manager ($80,000), Digital Marketing Specialist ($52,000), Digital Marketing Manager ($77,000)


12. Data Engineering and Data Warehousing

Related Jobs: Software Engineer ($95,000), Database Developer ($85,000), Data Analyst ($62,000)


13. Storage Systems and Management

Related Jobs: Database Administrator ($91,000), System Administrator ($68,800)


14. Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Related Jobs: Electrical Engineer ($81,000), Electronic Engineer ($88,400)


15. Algorithm Design

Related Jobs: Software Engineer ($95,000), Lead Software Engineer ($120,000), Lead Developer ($109,000)


16. Perl/Python/Ruby

Related Jobs: Software Engineer ($95,000), Data Scientist ($113,000)


17. Shell Scripting Languages

Related Jobs: Linux System Administrator ($75,000), System Engineer ($90,000), Java Developer ($80,000)


18. Mac, Linux and Unix Systems

Related Jobs: System Administrator ($68,800), Linux System Administrator ($75,000)


19. Java Development

Related Jobs: Java Developer ($80,000), Web Developer ($65,000)


20. Business Intelligence

Related Jobs: Business Intelligence Analyst ($73,100), Forecast Analyst ($64,000)


21. Software QA and User Testing

Related Jobs: User Experience Engineer ($85,000), Software Test Engineer ($80,000), Quality Assurance Engineer ($77,000)


22. Virtualization

Related Jobs: Network Engineer ($82,000), Network Administrator ($65,000)


23. Automotive Services, Parts and Design

Related Jobs: Vehicle Engineer ($96,500), Industrial Designer ($63,600)


24. Economics

Related Jobs: Business Development Manager ($99,000), Auditor ($56,000), Research Analyst ($56,400)


25. Database Management and Software

Related Jobs: Database Specialist ($53,000), Database Administrator ($91,000)


In another report posted by SBS Australia, John Shields, Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney’s Business School, enumerated the qualities that big companies in Australia look for in the recruitment process. One tip that Professor Shields gave is that employees refer to performance-related capabilities when they use the term “soft skills.”

These included:

    1. Effective listening skills
    2. Effective communication with others
    3. Effective Time Management
    4. Sense of personal professional integrity
    5. Openness to experience
    6. Critical Thinking
    7. Resilience
    8. Self-awareness and being aware of others
    9. Composure in the workplace
    10. Interpersonal skills

Remember that it’s not just about using the words as skills and keywords alone – use them in the context of the work you have done to give them context, and provide the evidence / proof of the outcomes (the results) of what you have done (ie: what you have achieved).

(updated 2021)

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