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Your Top 10 Hidden Skills Employers Are Looking For

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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:

  1. Strong Work Ethic
  2. Positive Attitude
  3. Good Communication Skills
  4. Time Management Abilities
  5. Problem-Solving Skills
  6. Acting as a Team Player
  7. Self-Confidence
  8. Ability to Accept and Learn from Criticism
  9. Flexibility/Adaptability
  10. 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.

The Importance of Grammar Outside of Academic Writing

Grammar. Its important. So a student needs to prepare for there future!

Did you cringe when reading this introduction? How important is grammar?

An interesting post, “This Is Why Your Resume Was Rejected”, from The Recruiters Lounge, focused on employers and their experiences regarding job applications and candidates. The post lists some interesting reasons as to why employers reject resumes during the application process, with one in particular:

“1 spelling or grammar mistake and your CV (application) will be thrown in the trash can.”

A second post focused more on relating proper grammar to the work place. “Good Grammar Should Be Everyone’s Business” provides a few somewhat surprising facts that clearly support the theory that good grammar leads to professional success. The post states the following:

“Professionals with fewer grammar errors in their profiles achieved                     higher positions.

Fewer grammar errors correlate with more promotions.

Fewer grammar errors associate with frequent job changes.”

Both of these posts argue that proper grammar is extremely important when it comes to professional success. What are your thoughts on these statements? Do you agree or disagree?

Check out the original articles by clicking the links below.

This Is Why Your Resume Was Rejected

Good Grammar Should Be Everyone’s Business

Module Update: Co-Op Writing and Grammar Strategies

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That’s right! Another update!

The Academic-Zone team just finalized updates to the Co-Op Writing and Grammar Strategies module. Members of our team met with Brock’s Co-Op Program Office to discuss possible updates to the Co-Op module, and there is a good chance there will be even more updates to this module down the road. For this update we focused on the content. We have incorporated more information on effective resume writing and cover letter writing strategies. We have also added full examples, in the form of PDFs, directly in the module for students to use as a reference.

We will be releasing more information on new products and other module updates later this month!