December 11, 2017 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: internships, branding and marketing, candidate selection, surveys, nace insights
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
Career services practitioners looking to help college students impress employers with their resumes should advise them to emphasize their problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2018 survey.
Employers responding to thesurvey said these are attributes—beyond a strong GPA—that they most want to see on students’ resumes. Not only are problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities the most desired attributes, but they are of equal importance. (See Figure 1.)
Other attributes that employers value and want to see evidence of on students’ resumes are written communication skills, leadership abilities, and a strong work ethic.
Work experience—and particularly internship experience—also carries a lot of weight with employers. In fact, employers cited internship experience with the organization as the top factor influencing their decision when choosing between two otherwise equally qualified candidates, followed by whether the candidate has internship experience within the hiring organization’s industry. (See Figure 2.)
Data for the Job Outlook 2018 survey were collected from August 9, 2017, through October 2, 2017. A total of 201 surveys were returned—a 20.5 percent response rate. The Job Outlook 2018 report is available to members through MyNACE; nonmembers can purchase the report through the NACE store.
Figure 1: Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate’s Resume
Figure 2: Influence of Attributes
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