Source: Queen’s University Career Services
Employers look for a variety of skills in potential candidates. Depending on the job, these skills may be very technical in nature, but quite often include common “soft skills.” Many job seekers overlook highlighting their soft skills when applying for a job. The Purple Briefcase Blog discusses the value of your soft skills and how to highlight them during your job application.
According to Aol Jobs, the top 10 soft skills job hunters are looking for are:
- Strong Work Ethic
- Positive Attitude
- Good Communication Skills
- Time Management Abilities
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Acting as a Team Player
- Ability to Accept and Learn from Criticism
- Working Well Under Pressure
From personal experience, I’ve always found it useful to carefully review the job posting and job description before applying to a position. To make your application stand out, tailor your resume and cover letter based on the key words and skills employers include in their job posting. If all goes well, you should be prepared to tell hiring managers of how you have effectively used those skills in the interview.
March 25, 2014 in Students
Tagged Business, College, Communication, cover letter, Employer, Employment, Job Search, Learning, Problem-Solving, resume, Self-Confidence, Soft Skills, Teamwork, Time Management, University, Work Ethic
A new study from Bentley University suggests a possible reason recent college grads can’t secure a job after graduation. In their study, hiring managers, business people, corporate recruiters, and other individuals agreed on one thing; college grads are not prepared for their first job. This may result from a lack of communication skills, interpersonal skills, office etiquette, work ethic, or several other potential traits.
A common defensive argument that is mentioned (and referenced in the comments by “Tonisha Adamson”) is that the problem resides within the educational system, and not the students. Students are expected to immediately becoming professional employees straight out of school, with no previous work experience. To add to the dilemma, some employers also shy away from recruiting first-time employees for entry level positions.
Speaking from experience, I feel attending an institution that has a strong co-op department, whose goal is to get students involved in local businesses and companies, helps student stand out from the crowd. Co-op programs give students the opportunity to learn those skills employers often find graduates lack. Being an exceptional student may not always translate into skills required to be a great employee. Real-world experience is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to apply what you learn in the classroom and get a sense of how to apply it to the business world.
What do you think?
- Do you think educational systems today do not prepare students for the real world? Or is the purpose of school to simply show prospective employers your initiative and motivating to learn new things?
- Do you think employers expect too much from college students/grads that do not have any previous work experience?
- Do you think graduates are just lazy and act too entitled to believe they deserve a job because they earned a degree?
Let me know in the comments below!
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Posted in Perspectives, Students, Uncategorized
Tagged academics, Classroom, College, Communication, Degree, Education, Employers, Employment, Graduates, instructors, Job Search, skills