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Five Qualities Employers Look For in Grads


Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys employers across the country and asks them to rate the top qualities and skills they seek in their new college hires. In addition to the knowledge they gain in academic classes, these skills are necessary to help them be competitive as they apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school. The most recent list of desired skills?

Top Five Qualities Employers Look For

  1. Ability to work on a team
  2. Leadership
  3. Communication skills
  4. Problem-solving skills
  5. Strong work ethic

Once they’ve earned their degree, success over the long term may depend on a number of attributes that employers look for in job candidates and employees. Still another list, posted by Everest University Online, suggests five top qualities are:

  1. You’re a team player. You understand that working well with others is necessary to get ahead. You understand your role on the team and how you can add value to the bottom line.
  2. You’re a problem solver. You have the ability to think clearly and solve complex problems. Having the ability to think on your feet may set you apart from others and place you in line for the next promotion.
  3. You’re a wordsmith. You have the ability to speak and write well. Your talents for writing and communication are valuable commodities that may be able to place you on the fast track to success.
  4. You understand the bottom line. You have a strong understanding of how a company’s products or services can make an impact at the local or international level, and you can translate that knowledge into a workable format of numbers and statistics.
  5. You possess a heightened sense of integrity. You know how critical it is that customers and colleagues be able to convey trust in you. If a person loses confidence and trust it may be difficult to rebuild the relationship.

Here’s my question for you, as a teacher, parent, coach or staff member: are you building these crucial, relevant skill sets in your young people?  I don’t know of any employer who’s asking about GPA in the job interview. Let’s do what matters.

1 Comment

  1. Disentithe on March 17, 2021 at 5:07 am

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Five Qualities Employers Look For in Grads