Top 10 Skills for Job Candidates

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At a recent panel of recruiting professionals, the participating employers all stated that a top quality of candidates was having a strong work ethic.
And the recruiters looked for evidence of this on the candidate's resume. 

Having had a previous job or internship and what you accomplished there was the best indicator to them of your ambition and initiative. It didn't matter if the job was academically related or not.  They wanted to see that you knew how to work and how well you applied yourself in whatever the situation was.

Read on for some additional information about what employers look for, printed in the most recent Spotlight for Career Services Professionals newsletter, April 3, 2013.

What makes an ideal job candidate? Of course, top candidates need to have the requisite major and GPA, and relevant work experience, but it's their soft skills that make them ideal.

In terms of the skills that differentiate candidates, employers responding to NACE's Job Outlook 2013 say they want good communicators who can make decisions and solve problems while working effectively as part of a team.

Following are the top-10 skills and qualities employers seek in their job candidates:

The Top-10 Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Seek 

  1. Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  2. Ability to work in a team structure
  3. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  4. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  5. Ability to obtain and process information
  6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  10. Ability to sell or influence others

Source: Job Outlook 2013, National Association of Colleges and Employers

For an infographic titled "Employers Rate Candidate Skills/Qualities" see

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