The world of freelancing is much more dynamic than the sphere of regular employment. If you become a freelancer, it means that you must keep developing. Colleagues in the field are also your competitors and securing a new contract is not up to the entire sales department, but only up to you. Unless, of course, you put these worries into the hands of an agency like ours, TITANS. Even then it is necessary to constantly improve your repertoire of skills to keep the bar high.
In the new millennium, soft skills are finally in the spotlight, playing an increasingly important role in the selection of a candidate. Some “soft qualities” are inherent, but others can be gained through practice. This is often more challenging than learning a hard skill. You can collect hard skills like stamps, strengthen them, accumulate certifications, participate in educational events. Yet, thanks to their clearly defined parameters, hard skills are also much easier tested during an interview, for example.
You need to have both, soft and hard skills. Otherwise, you will not have an easy time as a freelancer on the market. But what skills, abilities and attributes are worth learning this year? What to put on your developmental to-do list?
According to a LinkedIn report, the most in-demand soft skills this year are the following:
Companies are growing and expanding and therefore need to recruit people who are not afraid to lead teams. Being able to organize not only one’s own time but also that of others, to set priorities and make sure that everything runs on time and that projects are being completed – that is worth its weight in gold in 2023.
Being able to properly convey one’s thoughts, assign tasks and formulate feedback is as important as managing one’s core workload. What’s more, some teams did not return to their offices after Covid, and it is now necessary to be able to use different platforms. And because teams are increasingly international, one can no longer do without language skills in most companies.
Or Customer Service. Simply, orientation towards customers or client. It is not about securing a deal at all costs anymore. More and more companies are starting to understand the value of good long-term relationships.
The ability to lead and inspire a team or an entire company does not come just like that. People who have a leader’s personality are like treasure. It is not about shouting down or praising the team at the right time. A leader must be able to support, excite and motivate people while keeping in mind the goal of the whole effort.
The the top ten also included business skills, teamwork or project management among others.
According to the experience of our recruiters and sales managers, responsibility and willingness to progress and learn new technologies often figured in the soft-skill requirements this year. Employing team players is also important to companies. Finally, good communication skills and agreeable manners are still being emphasised.
The global portal Upwork, which connects companies with freelancers, conducted a survey across the USA. In the statistics, skills were then divided according to the field. We are of course most interested in tech. The top 10 most in-demand IT hard skills for this year are:
Java and React are still in demand among technologies. DevOps positions are demanded due to automation. From our experience (not only) in the last six months, companies have been moving to clouds, so the requirements for these positions are also high. Automation is also relevant in testing, giving automation testers ample choice. Finally, there is a high demand for Python, whether in data science or AI.
As a matter of interest, if you’re considering a career change, LinkedIn has compared the top 10 most in-demand skills for freelancers in 2023:
The trends for this year are quite clear, the question being whether they will change. It is thus worth developing not only your technological skills, but also communication skills and the ability to present yourself and your work. What soft and hard skills requirements will 2024 bring? Got a tip?
In the meantime, you can have a look at our current projects on offer and put your own skills to the test.
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