Verbal Communication Skills Most Sought by Employers

According to Spotlight Online for Career Services Professionals, December 8, 2010, New college graduates looking to crack the still-tight job market need to hone their verbal communication skills, say employers taking part in NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 survey.

Even if candidates can deliver on those top five skills, employers have a fairly substantial list of other skills they deem as important and other attributes they seek. In fact, employers rated nine other skills/qualities as “very important”’ to “extremely important,” and most cited GPA requirements and a preference for new graduates with internship or other relevant work experience.

Top 5 Candidate Skills/Qualities
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Initiative
Source: Job Outlook 2011, National Association of Colleges and Employers.
NACE conducted the NACE Job Outlook 2011 survey from mid-August through October 15, 2010. A total of 172 surveys were returned for a 20.7 percent response rate.

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