What In-Demand Skills do Employers Look For?
According to a recent employer survey powered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the competencies below are essential to a new grad’s success in the workplace.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
|Exercise sound reasoning and analytical thinking; obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data to analyze situations, make decisions, and solve workplace problems; and demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work.|
|Articulate thoughts, ideas clearly and effectively with persons inside and outside of organization; demonstrate public speaking skills; and communicate new ideas to others; write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.|
|Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints; be able to work within team structure; and be able to negotiate and manage conflicts.|
|Select and use appropriate technology to accomplish a given task and apply computing skills to problem solving.|
|Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals; use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others; demonstrate ability to assess and manage one's own emotions and those of others, using empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and prioritize and delegate work.|
|Demonstrate personal accountability, effective work habits, e.g. punctuality, working productively with others, and workload management, and understand impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image; demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior; act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind; and be able to learn from one's mistakes.|
|Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experience relevant to position desired and career goals; identify areas necessary for professional growth; be able to navigate and explore job options and how to take the steps necessary for pursuing opportunities; and understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.|
|Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.|
Source: NACE Job Outlook 2015 - Spring Update; Content adapted from Are They Really Ready to Work, with persmisison from authors Linda Barrington, Jill Casner-Lotto, and Mary Wright, in collaboration with Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Society for Human Resource Management, and The Conference Board, Inc., 2006.
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