December graduates face a bleak job market. The economic downturn creates a hiring environment that is at best flat and at worst shrinking. Uncertainty abounds.
December graduates, like all working professionals, must demonstrate competence in their chosen profession to get and keep good jobs. For graduates, this means a high GPA, hands-on experience from internships, and some solid leadership training through relevant organizational memberships.
That’s what positions you for hiring consideration, but what closes the deal? According to JobWeb, employers look for certain qualities above and beyond GPA, etc. Employers rank the importance of those skills/qualities as follows:
- Communication skills
- Strong work ethic
- Teamwork skills (works well with others)
- Analytical skills
- Computer skills
- Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
- Problem-solving skills
- Technical skills (JobWeb, 2008)