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The Top 5 In-Demand Soft Skills–And How To Flex Them

By January 28, 2020July 3rd, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

To be successful in nearly any role (or in any job search), you need to demonstrate to employers your mastery of soft skills. In this episode, Kelly dives into LinkedIn’s data on the most in demand skills for 2020 and focuses on the five most in-demand job market soft skills (creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, and emotional intelligence). Then she unpacks what these soft skills are along with how you can show an employer you’ve got them (so you can boost your career advancement).

Key takeaways:

  • LinkedIn’s report indicates an increased value of inter-personal and people-oriented skills in the workplace.
  • An online course cannot adequately develop your soft skills. Choose references who have witnessed your use of soft skills in the workplace.
  • Get in touch with your emotional intelligence—the superpower of soft skills.

What to listen for:

  • 01:15 What are soft skills? What are hard skills?
  • 04:05 LinkedIn’s releases trending soft skills of 2020
  • 04:55 Creativity – How do you solve problems?
  • 07:09 Persuasion – Can you rally people behind your ideas?
  • 08:01 Collaboration – Have you developed cohesive and productive teams?
  • 09:18 Adaptability – How do you react to change?
  • 11:26 Emotional intelligence – How do you interact with customers and coworkers?
  • 13:55 Bottom line: analyze and develop your soft skills


“Emotional intelligence is the superpower of all soft skills.” [12:37]

As you’re thinking about soft skills, check out these posts on the Build Your Dream blog:

And for more great career advice, check out Boss Notes, a new email series from Kelly’s publisher, Penguin Random House. Boss Notes provides step-by-step guidance to navigate common career challenges and start living your best work life now!

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J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at