Students considering vocational training should pay close attention to more than just academics. Althouth good grades are important, because it demonstrates positive behavior, it is not all employers want from new grads.
Employers continue to be concerned about the lack of soft skills they need from good employees. Some of these soft skills that employers want from new grads include:
-positive can-do attitude
-strong communication skills
-actual work skills
This information was summarized in a 2006 study written by researcher Paul Barton for the Education Testing Services.
A National Association of Manufactures' survey where employers select multiple reasons, shows common reasons employers reject applicants:
-More than 66% cite a lack of "soft skills"
-About 33% of employers cite lack of experience
-About 33% cite inadequate reading and writing skills
-Academics and school achievement rank below soft skills for employability
Although the manufacturing sector is declining in the US, new grads should pay close attention to skills required beyond graduation. The skills required by employers cuts across all industries and jobs.
Where do you stand with these in demand job skills? Do a quick Skills Inventory!
Make an effort to find good examples of skills you possess that demonstrate positive behaviors and the ability to compete in the workplace and succeed at work. If you need to work during college, try to develop soft skills on the job.
These Resume FAQs and Job Interview FAQs will help job seekers showcase job skills and soft skills on a resume and during job interviews.