Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Skills Employers Want and New Grads Lack
Employers say that aside from your college major, there are other skills and abilities that help job seekers stand out from the crowd during the job search. This year more than ever, in the toughest economy in years, competition among new grads will be greater than ever.
Employers say they want new hires who will fit in with co-workers, fit into the workplace, and are able to get the job done.
JobWeb says, "Unfortunately—and ironically—the very qualities employers look for are the qualities they find lacking in many new graduates. Employers say new grads lack face-to-face communication skills, especially writing skills. They say many students tend to lack presentation skills, teamwork skills, and overall interpersonal (gets along well with others) skills."
In the same article, employers also noted that new grads tend to lack a good work ethic. Some say students have trouble with basic job skills such as time management and are unable to multitask to meet deadlines. Some new hires do not have realistic expectations for their new positions: they are not loyal to the organization and they “have a high sense of urgency and want to climb the ladder overnight.” Other employers say new hires lack professionalism: they lack maturity and knowledge of business etiquette, including how to dress appropriately.
Here is how employers rank the importance of skills/qualities from new grads.
2.Strong work ethic
3.Teamwork skills (works well with others)
8.Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
To succeed at work, these are job skills you must master. Where do you rank?