The college labor market tilts in soon-to-be college grads’ favor this year, and hiring is expected to be up by 16 percent, according a recent study by Michigan State University’s College Employment Research Institute. In the 2013-14 academic year, 84 percent of employers hired at least one recent graduate. The study, which surveyed 5,700 employers, indicates that 97 percent of employers are expected to hire new graduates this academic year.
Despite the increase in job prospects for the Class of 2015, employers increasingly observe that students are submitting “lackluster resumes and slipshod cover letters.” Respondents also indicated that many of these students have naive expectations about starting salaries and working conditions.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2015 survey, the top five attributes that employers are looking for in a new hire are:
- Leadership Skills
- Ability to Work in a Team
- Written Communication Skills
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Strong Work Ethic
It is evident that the skills employers most want when they are deciding which new college graduates to hire are not always learned in the classroom. It’s not your I.Q. as much as it is your E.Q. (emotional intelligence) that will give you the edge.
Employers want to know if you can you work well on a team, make decisions, solve problems, and have the ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization. Rather than expecting employers to be impressed with your credentials, focus more on what you bring to the table, and how your talent and initiative will contribute to the employer’s bottom-line.