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Top Skills Employers Look for in Recent Graduates

Eastridge Blog posted by Angela Ma on

Graduation is an exciting time in your life. It is the beginning of a new chapter where you embark into the real world and follow the career path of your choice.

Before starting your job search, it is important to know what you should be doing to secure a job. Along with following a list of resume do’s and knowing common interview questions, it is helpful to know what qualities employers are looking for in recent graduates.

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Traits to Maximize in Your Interview

Read on to find out what traits you should be maximizing to land a job after graduation:

  1. Leadership

    → Leadership shows employers that you are a self-starter and can be trusted with making decisions.

    Holding a leadership position in college is something that you should be especially proud of. Whether you were in charge of your small residential hall or president of the student government, your leadership position taught you how to take initiative and handle responsibility.

  2. Teamwork

    → Teamwork shows employers that you work well with others and care about the success of (company) projects.

    The ability to work in a team is something that all employers appreciate. Your involvement in your schools’ sports team or class projects has taught you how to deal with a variety of personalities, while working professionally and effectively. It shows that you understand how important collaboration is in achieving a common goal.

  3. Communication

    → Communication skills show employers that you are personable, attentive, and professional.

    Successful communication is critical in business and, as such, proper communication skills are in demand. The ability to listen attentively, hold conversations, and write effectively are skills that are essential for you to prove, especially face-to-face with your interviewer.

  4. Creativity

    → Creativity shows employers that you have new and innovative ideas about how the company can grow.

    Throughout your college career, your creativity has been tested again and again with team projects, tight deadlines, and insufficient resources. Your creativity, along with your skill set and interests, can provide a fresh perspective your prospective employer is looking for.

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