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NACE: Employers seek leadership, teamwork skills

November 09, 2015

Employers considering new college graduates for job openings seek leaders who can work as part of a team, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Participants in NACE's Job Outlook 2016 survey were asked which attributes —beyond grade point average — they look for on a candidate's resume; 80.1% said they look for evidence of leadership skills on the candidate's resume and more than three-quarters cited the importance of teamwork skills.

The top 10 attributes employers seek on a candidate’s resume:

  • Leadership: 80.1%
  • Ability to work in a team: 78.9%
  • Communication skills (written): 70.2%
  • Problem-solving skills: 70.2%
  • Communication skills (verbal): 68.9%
  • Strong work ethic: 68.9%
  • Initiative: 65.8%
  • Analytical/qualitative skills: 62.7%
  • Flexibility/adaptability: 60.9%
  • Technical skills: 59.6%

The survey included 201 employers who were members of NACE. Data for the Job Outlook 2016 survey was collected from Aug. 5 through Sept. 13, 2015.


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