We already know that the world is changing and will continue to change, just as we have experienced firsthand how this transformation has accelerated in an incredible way over the past two years and all that the pandemic has brought with it.
Therefore, it becomes relevant to ask ourselves what are the most desired soft skills in companies today and, when we take that look, we can be helped to understand this change by the latest LinkedIn Global Talent Trends report.
This report showed that 92% of talent professionals agree that soft skills are equally or more important than hard skills. It also shows that 89% of recruiters say that when a hire does not work out, it is because the person lacked the necessary soft skills.
So, both from professional training in higher education institutions, as well as in our individual career development plan, it will be crucial to understand which soft skills are the most desired in companies today, and that is precisely what we are going to review at this time.

Adaptability
It is not surprising that adaptability emerges as one of the most required competencies in an environment where change is part of everyday life, so knowing how to navigate it in a good way will be crucial for professional and organizational success.
It will be even better if the person can anticipate change or be the one who creates it, leading these fundamental processes in a globalized and highly competitive economy.
From context change, work systems, leadership style, to a profound restructuring, there are many things that can (and will) change, and this requires flexible and adaptable people.

Emotional intelligence
The evidence leaves no room for doubt about the importance of emotional intelligence in the development of people, regardless of whether we are talking about work or personal life.
Research shows that people who have higher levels of emotional intelligence achieve better results in dimensions such as effectiveness, interpersonal relationships, level of well-being and quality of life, so getting down to work in this area is an excellent idea.
From recognizing our emotions, learning to manage them and being more assertive, through empathy to conquering high levels of inspirational leadership, emotional intelligence is one of the competencies that will continue to be required in organizations and make a difference. (If you want to know your level of emotional intelligence, I invite you to evaluate your skills with the HPI EQ tool).

Effective communication
No matter what you do, you will always have to communicate it and knowing how to do so will make a difference in your results.
Learning to use communication in a clear, assertive way that transmits ideas, inspires and achieves individual and collective results, is one of the most required competencies nowadays.

Negotiation
People are diverse and have different interests, however, we need to reach agreements to achieve what we want. For that reason, negotiation is one of the skills that companies are looking for among people, hoping to find that talent.
Do you have these skills? If the answer is no, or a lukewarm “maybe”, then it is time for you to spend time developing these skills.

Positive Attitude
The world is complex enough without having co-workers polluting work environments. That’s why positive attitude is another of the most desired soft skills in companies today.
Radiating joy, optimism and good treatment makes the difference and you can spread it from the first contact, the job interview and then within the organization. It will really make a difference.

Collaboration over competition
The idea of the competitive professional who only seeks to win to get to the top of the organization no longer corresponds to the world we live in. Organizations increasingly need the ability to collaborate and serve.
It is those people who best help others who are considered most valuable within teams and organizations, because only as a team can we build the great results that companies are looking for.
While there are more competencies we could mention, these are the main ones that recruiters are looking to capture for their organizations.
Before you look in the mirror and consider whether you have them or not, we invite you to assess them. You can do this using internationally validated technology, such as HPI Competences Assessments, which helps you evaluate up to 30 soft skills that are making a professional and organizational difference.
After you already have clear notions, then it is time to develop each one of them, because it will not be more university degrees that will open more doors, but it will be the way you are as a person. What person will you be? that answer is only yours.