The Top 17 In-demand Soft Skills for 2022 You Need to Master

The Top 17 In-demand Soft Skills for 2022 You Need to Master

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1. Adaptability

As we all saw with the shift to remote work, adapting to changing environments is essential.  Adaptability means being able to work in varying environments. It also means learning new skills quickly and adjusting to changes within the workplace.

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2. Communication

Communicating your ideas, views, and opinions concisely and straightforwardly isn’t an easy skill to master. But being able to share ideas quickly is more important than ever before.  Business moves fast in the world of technology. You have to be able to communicate powerfully and with speed.

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3. Critical thinking

The ability to think critically has become a hot topic for employers.  As a result, interviews will often include questions to test critical thinking skills.

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4. Digital literacy

The days of writing Microsoft Office on your resume are over. Employers are looking for people who can pick up any digital tool quickly, like a new task management system, design tool, or even a digital business card.  Every company uses various digital tools and knowing everyone is impossible. With digital literacy skills, you tell 

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an employer it doesn’t matter if you’ve used a specific tool before because you can learn quickly.

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5. Time management

Companies have to trust that employees manage their time well in remote work.  Demonstrating strong time management skills in a hands-off environment shows potential employers that you can meet deadlines.

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6. Take initiative

Stand out by taking the initiative. Meeting expectations is excellent, but you can impress employers and progress your career much faster by taking the initiative and going above and beyond.

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7. Teamwork

Most jobs don’t exist in a bubble. Being able to work with a team is essential.  Prove you can work effectively in a group to accomplish tasks. Teamwork means being able to manage conflict, collaborate, and share ideas.

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8. Leadership

Even if you aren’t in a leadership role, there may be instances where you have to take control of a situation.  Showing leadership skills tells employers you can manage others and work well within a team.

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9. Be proactive

If you see a disaster waiting to happen, jump into action and fix it. Be observant and get things done early.  Employers love to see their employees solve problems before they wreak havoc.

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10. Networking

Making connections and growing your network is the key to professional advancement in 2022.  Networking doesn’t look like it used to, though. With social media, virtual events, and fewer classic networking events, it’s time to adapt your networking skills. We recommend starting with HiHello. Create a virtual business card that can be 

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shared in any networking situation, even on Zoom.

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11. Life-long learning

Having the curiosity and drive to continue to learn for life is the only way to keep current in the quickly changing business world.  Show that you can take the initiative to stay present when you learn new skills. Use tools like LinkedIn Learning to make learning easier.

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12. The art of negotiation

While pay transparency is becoming more common, salary negotiations are still essential to the job search. Know what you are worth, and make sure your future employer knows it too.

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13. Self-care

Burnout is an ever-present issue in the workplace. Learning to manage your work-life balance is the key to being happy in your job and at home. Practice taking some time away from work each day, completely unplugging from the office, even for 30 minutes, can help reduce work strain.

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14. Emotional intelligence

Also known as EQ, emotional intelligence is the key to understanding emotions, both your own and the feelings of those around you.  Being able to process how others are feeling, what motivates them, and why they behave the way they do can help improve your personal and professional life. Good EQ skills help promote better 

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help promote better collaboration, more robust communication, and better leadership.

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15. Confidence

An estimated 70% of people experience imposter syndrome in the workplace. Imposter syndrome can feel like you don’t deserve your accomplishments and don’t belong.  Learning to be more confident in your abilities can help overcome those fears of not being good enough. When you 

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become more confident in yourself, it shows in your work.

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16. Resilience

Everyone runs into roadblocks at work, and sometimes they just keep coming, but learning to be resilient is the best way to make it through.  Learn to let go of negative emotions and instead focus on sustaining a positive mindset to work towards a solution. Not only will you be more successful, but you’ll also feel better while you do it.

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17. Public Speaking

If you have a feat of speaking in front of groups of people, probably do your best to avoid public speaking. Instead of shying away from groups, try improving presentation skills and master public speaking.

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