Top Skills In Demand In 2018: Part 2


This is the second part of the series on the top skills in demand in 2018. See Part 1 here.

Now that you’ve got an idea about the top hard skills in demand for 2018, it is time to talk about the soft skills you need to brush up on to move ahead in your career. Although hard skills are what most people concentrate on to excel at what they do, studies have found that almost 60% of business leaders believe having the right soft skills are what make you a great employee, team member and leader.

So here’s a list of the soft skills that are in demand this year and a list of resources to get started on the journey towards your dream career.


It is not surprising that the skill to communicate well is most sought after by employers. Despite the field or industry you belong to, if you aren’t able to understand your colleagues or communicate what you want to them, it would be really difficult to get on with your day-to-day work or lead a team. But communication skill is not just about being able to talk and influence others, it is also about knowing when to stop talking and being a good listener.

Start here: Take a look at this article about free online courses that would help hone your communication skills.


Even if you’re just starting out in your career, it is very important to employers that you possess the skill to successfully lead teams or take up responsibilities. Because leadership skills do not imply being bossy or having a lot of experience in what you do. A good leader takes initiative, is proactive in getting things done, makes sure they identify the best person for every job and influences them to finish the task in the best way possible.

Start here: Take a look at this article about free online courses that would help hone your leadership skills.


This is one of the most basic skills that employers look out for in new hires. Because even for those who work on their own like designers or writers, collaboration is a very crucial step in their work process. Studies say that more than 33% of projects fail because of the lack of involvement of team members. Collaboration involves having and following a well-defined workflow, giving and receiving constructive feedback, and maintaining a sense of transparency and accountability within the team.

Start here: Take a look at this page with free online courses that would help hone your collaboration skills.


Having good time management skills does not just mean being able to complete tasks on time. It also impacts how you approach different tasks, how you divide your work between tasks, how you delegate tasks and how you focus on the task you have at hand. If you can manage time well, you’ll naturally be more productive and have less stress at work. You’ll also have better decision-making abilities and will be able to achieve your goals faster and more efficiently.

Start here: Take a look at this page with free online courses that would help hone your time management skills.


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Monty Majeed