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Top Skills to List on LinkedIn

By Alison Doyle

On social media channels, such as Facebook and Instagram, you enjoy making connections with friends, family, and maybe even new friends. You are also branding yourself, though not necessarily in a professional way. When it comes to building a professional brand for yourself, LinkedIn is currently the most important career-oriented social media channel.


Many jobs require employees to be able to interpret information and understand and help solve problems. This is important in industries ranging from business to data architecture to marketing to law to medicine. Skills related to analysis include:



Anyone working in a company needs the business skills to understand his or her industry. However, business skills are particularly important for executives, managers, and administrators that help a company run smoothly. See several important skills related to business:



Communication skills are critical for almost any job. Employees need to be able to effectively share ideas with clients, colleagues, and employers. They need to be able to share these ideas in writing and speech. Employees also need to be good listeners, which is an important part of communication. Other communication skills are:


Information Technology (IT) 

In LinkedIn’s list of the top skills that can get you hired, most of the top ten were skills in information technology. Cloud computing is particularly popular, as are data mining and statistical analysis. These skills are needed not only in jobs focused on IT, but also in jobs across industries. Employees today need to be comfortable with IT in industries ranging from education to healthcare to marketing. Here is a list of IT skills that are important today:

  • Content Management
  • Data Presentation
  • Database Administration
  • Middleware and Integration Software
  • Mobile Development
  • Network and Information Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Management
  • Storage Systems and Management
  • Tech Support
  • UI/UX
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Architecture and Development Framework



Anyone in a role that requires leadership of some kind needs management skills — they’re important for leaders in all industries. Employers are eager to see these management skills in job candidates:



Marketing is a broad industry that includes advertising, market research, customer support, public relations, and more. Marketing involves explaining and promoting a company and its services to the public. Some marketing skills, including marketing campaign management and SEO/SEM marketing, are on LinkedIn’s list of the top skills that can get you hired. A number of skills related to marketing include:


More Popular LinkedIn Skills

A LinkedIn report on the skills companies need the most in 2019 lists both hard and soft skills that employers are looking for. Here are a few more top skills.

  • Adaptability
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • People Management
  • Persuasion
  • Time Management
  • UX Design
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Translation
  • Video Production
  • Corporate Communications
  • Industrial Design
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Digital Marketing
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Sales Leadership
  • Software Testing
  • Customer Service Systems
  • Computer Graphics
  • Scientific Computing


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