Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsOctober 24, 2012
What skills and qualities are employers seeking in the graduates they’re recruiting from the Class of 2013? Above all, they’re looking to hire candidates with outstanding communication skills and who are team players, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 survey.
The top five skills/qualities employers report seeking are the same as last year, although the order has been somewhat shuffled.
In this year’s survey, participants rated “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” (second in Job Outlook 2012) and “ability to work in a team structure” (first in Job Outlook 2012) as the two most important candidate skills/qualities.
These are followed by candidates’ “ability to make decisions and solve problems,” “ability to obtain and process information,” (fifth in Job Outlook 2012) and “ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work” (fourth in Job Outlook 2012).
And like last year, the least important candidate skills/qualities on the list are the “ability to create and/or edit written reports” and the “ability to sell or influence others.”
Following is the list of the employer ratings from the Job Outlook 2013 report:
Weighted average rating*
Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
Ability to work in a team structure
Ability to make decisions and solve problems
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
Ability to obtain and process information
Ability to analyze quantitative data
Technical knowledge related to the job
Proficiency with computer software programs
Ability to create and/or edit written reports
Ability to sell or influence others
*5-point scale, where 1=Not at all important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important
Source: Job Outlook 2013, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Data for the Job Outlook 2013 survey was collected from July 25, 2012 through September 10, 2012. A total of 244 surveys were returned—a 25.2 percent response rate. The full survey results will be available in November.
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