Top Skills an Employer Look For in 2020

Nowadays, labor forces that have distinctive advantages like computer and technical skills, are different as per the organization. It’s obvious that hiring a worker who can do more than one task and takes a large amount of salary is still more profitable than hiring 2 or 3 employees with only one distinct task skill. For example, recruiting an expert engineer who accomplished many larger projects in his career previously, thereby costing you a high wage. With no doubt, it’s still more profitable than hiring another engineer with no real and practical experiments.

Therefore, employers nowadays are interested in hiring employees that possess versatile skills such as; professional skills, technical skills, communicative skills and so many of them. In this article, we will have an elaborate discussion about those essential skills that are searched by the employers in 2020.

Let’s start…


Professional skills

Professional skill is a kind of knowledge that is not taught or needed to be taught as a part of academic degree courses. This is a value-added specialty for enhancing career growth. If you want to be successful in your workplace you must have to develop your professional skills that would become an essential attraction of your job eligibility.

Here are some of the professional skills that recruiters want:

1. Commercial awareness

Commercial awareness means having knowledge about what is going on in the business world all over the globe and analyzing how it influences your chosen work sector.

2. Teamwork 

Teamwork leads to a concept that is a collaborative effort of a group of people who are able to tackle any kind of business-related issues. It means building a positive attitude towards your work as well as your team members.

3. Negotiation and persuasion

It means to understand your own business goals and to know how to achieve them, simultaneously keeping others’ opinions in mind and their applications for the seek of a good business relationship.

4. Problem-solving

It means the capabilities of handling business-related issues and finding out a fruitful resolution by analyzing the problems from different aspects.

5. Leadership

An employee should have the potential to encourage and motivate the team members to give their best efforts for achieving business goals.

Leadership Skill

6. Organization

It means to show your employers how systematic you are in assembling your work and prioritize them on the basis of deadlines and importance.

7. Perseverance and motivation 

Employers want people that are adaptive enough to confront any kind of business challenges and capable of being cool in the tough situation.

8. Confidence

Confidence shouldn’t mean to be arrogant in the workplace, but showing how much dependable you are to accomplish certain business development.

9. Analytical skills

It means to prepare yourself to work in different situations by analyzing current business trends and to find out meaningful results.

Technical skills

Technical skills mean the ability of an employee to develop business needs by using mechanical, mathematical, scientific, and information technology knowledge. The technical skills of an employee vary according to certain organization requirements. It is important to have technical knowledge as most of the industrial sectors depend upon different technical tools, languages, programs, etc.

Here are some of the technical skills listed below:

Programming Jobs

1. Programming

Apart from software engineering jobs, there are many jobs nowadays that demand computer programming knowledge while hiring employees for that particular job. Such as even if you are in search of a writer’s job, you should have gathered knowledge about HTML.

Such programming languages that can be needed for getting a job of your interest may include:

  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • C++
  • C#
  • Python

You should mention your programming skills in your job resume.

2. Productivity Software Applications

You should know how to use productivity software that fastens your work speeds and helps the work done accurately. Such software applications are spreadsheets, processing, presentation software, etc.

3. Industry-specific Skills

Each and every business industry has its own technical requirements to hire employees. While applying for jobs you must take care of those particular skills to get preference in employee selection.

Here are a few examples of industry-specific technical skills:

  1. Retail and foodservice: Point of Sale software
  2. Journalism and writing: Content Management Systems
  3. Design and photography: Adobe software
  4. Shipping and transportation: Logistics Management software
  5. Sales and marketing: Customer Relationship Management systems
  6. Healthcare: Electronic Medical Record software
  7. Accounting and finance: Bookkeeping software
  8. Architecture and Engineering: CAD software

Soft skills

Soft skills are the essential non-technical interpersonal skills that indicate your attitude towards your work, behavior to your colleagues as well as a complete ability to handle any work successfully or ruining it drastically. A successful organization based on its employees’ soft skills to some extent.


Some of the in-demand soft skills are:

1. Creativity

Most of the employers of 2020 are interested in hiring creative employees rather than just workaholics. Companies focus on employee’s creativity in assessing an organization’s goals and approaches towards business issues.

2. Persuasion

It means the ability to influence colleagues and stakeholders by changing their attitudes, beliefs, behavior, etc towards other people, internets, events, objectives, and so on. The employee should be vocal in discussing business development.

3. Emotional Intelligence

This is the newly added requirement that defines the employee’s ability to understand, manage and use his or her emotions in a positive way to relieve his or her own stress as well as others in the workplace. It also comprises the method of motivation, empathy, and social interaction skills of an employee.

Hard skills 

Hard skills mean the ability to handle technology-related issues and measures of technical knowledge of an employee. Most of the hard skills change constantly according to certain organization’s needs.

Business Analyst

Some of the hard skills are:

  1. Blockchain
  2. Cloud computing
  3. Analytical reasoning
  4. Video production
  5. Scientific computing
  6. Sales
  7. Affiliate marketing
  8. UX design
  9. Business analysis
  10. Artificial intelligence

Communication Skills

There are several different communication skills that should be possessed by an employee for being selected by 2020 employers.

Communication Skills

1. Listening

Listening is the most prior aspect of communication skills. Proper listening does not only mean to understand the importance of vocal or written information about business aspects but also demands to be sensible with the speaker’s feeling in the communication process.

Listening carefully can create a situation where anyone can freely share his/her ideas, opinions, business plans or problems solving solutions, etc. It also builds a strong and deep relationship between the interlocutors.

2. Straight talking

Sometimes face to face straight conversations with colleagues as well as to the superiors and juniors can solve any kind of typical business issue before the problems get out of hand. So, it is really very important to be friendly and flexible while you are expecting to be appreciated in your workplace.

3. Non-verbal communication

According to Salesforce’s report, 93% of any kind of business communication is non-verbal. This is actually a wordless communication process that includes facial expressions, body position s, gestures, eye contact, attitudes toward individuals, your tone of speaking, your dressing sense, etc.

Developing this skill will help you understand other’s non-verbal signals and to make others understand yours sincerely.

Employee Sending Email

4. Stress management 

Though a small number of stresses always remains in any workplace and that is a bit encouraging for your career goals, excessive and constant stress can have a bad impact on your communication process, appropriate behavior and activities and opinion clarification, etc. People may misjudge you because of unwanted communication gaps because of your confusing non-verbal signals or funny patterns of behavior etc. So, an employee must work on stress management.

5. Emotion control

Emotions or feelings have an important role in a successful communication process. Emotional Intelligence or the ability to understand your own feelings, as well as your colleagues, will help to communicate with people successfully.

Being unaware of your own emotional requirements as well as others in your workplace may lead you to get misunderstood and can create conflict and frustration among the professionals that won’t be desirable. Emotion controlling provides you the necessary equipment to deal with other people’s feelings and to understand much perceivable are you to the others.

Closing Thoughts

Any kind of skill development requires lots of practical experience. Therefore, gathering proper knowledge about different job skills and gradually working on them can increase your chances to get selected by the company biggies of 2020.

Pursuing MCA from the University of Delhi, Saurabh Saha is an experienced blogger and internet marketer. Through his popular technology blogs: TechGYD.COM &, he is helping several brands to gain exposure in front of high-quality web visitors.