Independent Minds, Working Together

Skills Employers Are Looking For

The Top 5 Skills Employers Look For

  • Communication- Solid verbal, written and listening abilities with strong presentation skills, including responding to questions and critiques of the presentation material
  • Computer/Technical Aptitude- Expectations continue to rise in this area
  • Leadership - Taking charge or relinquishing control as needed by the organization
  • Teamwork - Working cooperatively and collaboratively with different people
  • Interpersonal Abilities- Relating to and inspiring others, or mitigating conflicts between coworkers

Personal Traits Employers Look For

  • Initiative and Motivation
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Work ethic
  • Reliability
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Ability to plan and organize multiple tasks
  • Customer service - anticipating customer needs and responding positively to customer concerns

Skills and Experiences Employers Look For in addition to the Top 5 Skills

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving - The ability to identify problems and their soluntions by integrating information from a variety of sources and effectively weigh alternatives.
  • Intelligence and Common Sense
  • Willingness to learn quickly and continuously
  • Work-related experiences that provide an understanding of the workplace and serve to apply classroom learning.
  • Doing thorough secondary research
  • Present summary
  • Think analytically
  • Adapt to different technologies
  • Do numerous jobs
  • Work in cross-cultural and varing age groups

Final Note: This list should be no surprise to anyone. They are the skills a Liberal Arts education develops.

Dr. Phil Gardner, Collegiate Employment Institute, Michigan State University