Getting a job is important, and the first thing a lot of people think about when it comes to that is what kind of degree or certifications they have. But often, it turns out, employers are looking for something more: “soft skills.”
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Mercer conducted a survey to understand the skills that employers most commonly look for when seeking entry-level job candidates.
The survey report provides insight into the skills that employers need so that schools can better prepare high school and college students for entry into the workforce. Here’s a look at the details:
78% of HR professionals indicated that reliability was one of the three most important skills
55% of entry-level job applicants possessed the desired level of critical-thinking skills
49% of HR professionals indicated integrity was one of the three most important skills
69% of entry-level job applicants possessed the desired level of respect
When it comes to getting a job, your education matters, but not at the expense of the “small stuff.”