When you’re just entering the job market, it’s hard to know what employers are looking for in a candidate.
Many recent grads will make the mistake of thinking that a degree alone will be enough to land a job, but that’s not the case. In a tough job market, employers are looking for qualities in a candidate that go beyond academic achievements.
Even though ideal qualities will vary, I’ve listed 5 coveted qualities straight from a recruiter that young professionals should remember when they’re on the job hunt.
1. Employers like candidates that can articulate their career goals both in the job interview and on their resume;
2. Employers place high priority on communication skills; including computer skills, customer service skills and writing skills;
3. Employers want to hire people who have good time management and organizational skills;
4. Employers like to see internships. Internships on the resume elevate the job applicant because they show initiative; and
5. Employers want chemistry. Many ask themselves, ‘Will this person fit in?’ ‘Will they work well with others?’
So if you’re looking for a job, make sure to put an emphasis on your skills and prior experience and most importantly, always take into account how your personality can sway a hiring decision.
A degree is always nice, but it’s better to have other great qualities to back it up.
What’s your most ‘hireable’ quality?