Insider Info: Your Success Plan for 2019


Want to know how to excel in getting a job or a promotion in 2019? Jackie Chua, General Manager of Bagg Professional, and one of the Canada’s leading recruiters, offers this surefire way to impress:

Look at what’s in your toolbox — and add to it. 


You’ll see tips for how to do this below, and you’ll find how to speak to the hot skills for 2019 in interviews.  But before you get there, know this.  Employers want people who they can trust to keep up-to-date on advances in their field.

Once upon a time, you could  have relied exclusively on your employer to give you learning goals.  But that is so last century.

Today, no one in the job market can afford to be passive about their skills improvement plan.

Staying on top of your game isn’t just a nice concept, it’s your competitive advantage.


As a candidate, if you can show you’re adaptable and able to embrace change, you’re going to be considered the better bet.

This is true for full-time employees, as well as for those seeking temporary and contract placements.  All the expert recruiters at The Bagg Group can confirm this — after all, we work very closely with hiring managers at the best companies, in almost every sector, across the GTA and beyond.

Here’s the rule to remember:  To get the job, to keep the job, and to get the promotion, you need to show that you actively stay on top of your game.

Check out opportunities for your best self on our job board

Quick trick to see what to add and update in your toolbox:  Draw a T.


In the stem of the T:   List the skill (s) you specialize in.  These are your main skills –they determine the type of position you’re applying for.

In the bar that crosses the T:  List  ‘complementary’ skills.   These are soft skills (like collaboration) and unique skills, like languages.

Research “new practices” for key skills listed:   Try search words like  ‘innovation”,  “trends”, or “best practices” or “new practices”  for each important skill.  Be sure the source of the articles or blogs you find are valid ones  — you can’t go wrong with a well known business magazines like Forbes, or Fortune, etc.

Look for free online courses:  Many of the world’s top colleges and universities offer free online courses.  Coursera, edX, Open University are just a few to check out.

Look up associations and magazines for your industry:  These offer a wealth of information, and often include notices of where and how you can upgrade skills.

Top skills for your 2019 toolbox


In early January, LinkedIn released its annual “Top Skills for 2019”.  It came up with this list by identifying the skills included in the profiles of LinkedIn users who are being hired at the highest rates.

  • If you can add these skills to your LinkedIn profile and resumes  — be sure to do so, say recruiters at Bagg Pro, Bagg Technology Resources (BTR), Bagg Managed Services, and Turn Key Staffing.

Top 5 Soft Skills

  1. Creativity:  Be prepared for an employer to ask you for an example of creative thinking.  Think about how you came up with a solution to a problem.
  2. Persuasion: The question is how good are you at connecting with people? Can you speak to the needs and interests of your audience so they’ll listen and feel excited or reassured by what you have to sell them?   Have an example to share.
  3. Collaboration:  Projects are more and more  complex.  Employers need to know you can collaborate well.  Can you talk about how you listen and support others, how you’re open to new perspectives, and how you’re good at sharing info. Essentially, show you know what it means to work as a team member.
  4. Adaptability:  Life happens, employers need to know you can pivot.  They want to make sure you won’t resist change, but that you’re flexible and adaptable to  changes that will come your way.
  5. Time Management:   Employers realize tasks may seem overwhelming if you don’t have strong time management skills.  Tell employers how you are able to prioritize and tackle a to-do list –without a meltdown.

Top 5 Hard Skills

The recruiters at Bagg Technology Resources, the longtime specialist in IT and project staffing for small to medium to Fortune 100 companies remind candidates this list is far from complete.  For proof, just take a look at their tech opportunities now available.

  1. Cloud Computing:  The cloud is growing  — and so too is demand for those with the skills to make it happen.
  2. Artificial Intelligence:  Those who can work in everything from neural networks to machine learning are important to a world of AI.
  3. Analytical Reasoning: Can you make smart decisions and design strategies based on data?  If so, you have a skill that won’t soon go out of need.
  4. People Management:  Learn the leadership skills of coaching and empowering people, and you will be recognized as a leader for this age.  And by the way, it’s something we know a lot about at The Bagg Group.  Our recruiters and relationship managers are all about empowering clients and candidates to succeed.  (Which explains why we’re in hot demand!)
  5. UX Design:  Those versed in UX design know it’s the key to making the digital world work for humans. Sure enough, you really can’t have a digital world without human brainpower behind it.


Gene Hayden, author of The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done (Random House), is a career coach and writer-in-residence for The Bagg Group.


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