Recently, LinkedIn analyzed hundreds of thousands of job postings to decide which skills companies need most in 2019. How does that list compare to what West Michigan employers need? We asked a couple of them their thoughts.

The 5 most in-demand soft skills in 2019alison giardini caregiver recruiter senior helpers
soft skill: personal attributes, personality traits and communication abilities needed for success in a job. They characterize how a person interacts with others.

5. Time Management
4. Adaptability
3. Collaboration
2. Persuasion
1. Creativity

“I would move adaptability closer to the top. It’s such an important skill. The more you can adapt to in the workplace, the more quickly you’ll move forward in your career,” said Alison Giardini, caregiver recruiter, Senior Helpers.

The best way to showcase your soft skills initially is through your cover letter. Share a story or situation that demonstrates your strengths. For example: how you buffered a conflict, received a perfect attendance award or had your idea implemented by the company. The interview will give you an additional opportunity to highlight your soft skills.

The 5 most in-demand hard skills in 2019joe howard owner junk king
hard skill: a specific, teachable skill that can be defined and measured like reading, math and writing.

5. UX Design
4. People Management
3. Analytical Reasoning
2. Artificial Intelligence
1. Cloud Computing

“All of these would make up the ideal employee. This list is very in-tune with today’s market,” said Joe Howard III, co-owner, Junk King.

Do you need some new hard skills? Our career coaches can connect you to trainings for high-demand careers in manufacturing, health care, construction and IT. Sometimes scholarships are available too.

Alison and Joe are hiring. Interested in taking your hard and/or soft skills to their company? Click here to see jobs at Senior Helpers and Junk King.