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What skills are employers seeking when hiring graduating students

Employer skill requirements


What are the most sought out skills in employees and graduating students today? Research done  by a non-profit organization has revealed that the most sought after skill by employers is the ability of individuals to work in a team effectively followed by the ability to make decisions and solve problems.

The research study was conducted over a 3 months period and asked hiring managers what skills are the most important when hiring college graduates. Even though the sample size of the survey was a small group of hiring managers from just over 200 employers, the results of the survey show solid results that new and recent graduating students should pay close attention too.

In spite of the fact that many news networks and editorials have been emphasizing the need for need for computer software and programming skills, the survey reveled that the most important skills sought after by employers are basic teamwork, problem-solving and the ability to plan and prioritize.

The top 10 skills sought after by employers are:

1. Capacity to work in a team
2. Competency to make decisions and solve problems
3. Capability to plan, organize and prioritize work
4. Having the ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
5. Aptitude to obtain and process information
6. Intelligence to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical understanding and knowledge related to the job
8. Computer software programs proficiency
9. Skills to create and/or edit written reports
10. A talent to sell and influence others

From this survey and research it is evidence that it does not matter what you studied, whether it be accounting, physiotherapy or computer software engineering, the most important skills that all graduate students require to be successful are listed above. You might ask the question how a graduate student can demonstrate these skills given the lack of work experience. These skills need to be conveyed to potential employers via a cover letter, resume and interview. Students should think about team projects where they have been team leaders or members.

Or perhaps you were able to find some part-time work while studying where you had to plan and prioritize difference tasks and responsible for different functions. Perhaps you worked in the campus library and worked within a team of people and responsible for work schedules or had to manage and prioritize students requests. Maybe you worked at a cafeteria on campus and assigned to manage and control food orders and interact with food suppliers.

Graduating students need to describe their skills briefly detailing the specifics of the responsibilities they had in their resume and cover letter. It is evident from the research and survey that employers are highly interested in universal skills that individuals can obtain across many academic disciplines and from any job where you are working amongst a team of people. The most important things is to be able to convey and communicate  these skills clearly in your resume and interview.