A search made by the famous social network has highlighted some skills, among which soft skills are really winning.
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LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world. In 15 years, the social business network has reached 562 million users and in 2016 was taken over by Microsoft for 26 billion dollars. Basically, it is a platform created to put in contact those who demand job and those looking for a job. Very smart and useful, even though in Italy, despite a community of 11 million users, it is used only slightly more than 20% actively.
LinkedIn is undoubtedly an extremely profiled social network, widely used by headhunters to map candidates’ profiles. Based on the pulse of the market, therefore, LinkedIn carried out a research led by Guy Berger, Economist at LinkedIn, to identify the “genome of skills“, ie a unique skill profile by city, business function, sector. The research explores the skills of different university programs to the aim of highlighting those crucial to compete in the job market. The research has arrived at two main sets of skills: interpersonal skills, such as leadership and collaboration, and basic technological skills, such as using Word or Excel.
The research has also highlighted some very interesting things: not only younger generations tend to specialize more, also thanks to high international student mobility, but interpersonal skills will never be overcome by emerging digital technologies such as Intelligence. Artificial. The proof of this is linked to the development of graduates in not scientific fields entered the technology sector between 2010 and 2013, 10% higher than those graduated in computer science or engineering.
While during a job interview there are some basic elements, such as dress-code, handshake, facial expressions, fluency of speech, an adequate and above all synthetic CV (one page, no more, remember!), the recruiter must also look at the candidate’s skills. Together with the more strictly technical skills highlighted by the LinkedIn search, the growing attention must be placed on five identified soft skills.
Creativity. The theme of the man-machine relationship fuels contemporary debates. But while Artificial Intelligence can perform many “human” tasks, machines will never be able to replace human creativity, especially when applied to problem solving.
Persuasion. You can have the best product or service in the world, or the idea of the century, but without effective and persuasive communication, the products will remain unsold and ideas in the drawer. Who is able to do it is undoubtedly a valuable collaborator.
Cooperation. In a globalized and fully integrated world, there are no longer any pooled compartments in functional and skills terms, as well as ethnicities. Being able to manage and build these relationships becomes therefore very important.
Adaptability. Today’s work changes at light speed. Yesterday’s solutions are already old and obsolete. Agility, flexibility and resilience are absolute strategic values.
Time management. The ability to self-manage and organize itself, in a world of smart working and home office, is another absolute value.
These skills are part of the concept of socio-emotional intelligence made up of skills that are not even codified in our teaching!