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What are Employers Looking for in a Strong Applicant?

You’ve worked hard, picked the right major, and maintained a good GPA. But, when it comes to creating a resume that will stand out from the competition, you also need to demonstrate other skills and abilities that are not necessarily available in the classroom.

Check out the top 10 non-academic skills and qualities that employers value and demand of their future employees:

  1. Leadership
  2. Ability to work in a team
  3. Written communication skills
  4. Problem-solving skills
  5. Strong work ethic
  6. Analytical/quantitative skills
  7. Technical skills
  8. Verbal communication skills
  9. Initiative
  10. Computer skills

How much influence do these skills have on your chances of getting an interview and landing a job?

Here’s how employers ranked those skills and abilities:

Attribute 2015 Average Influence Rating* 2014 Average Influence Rating*
Has held leadership position 3.9 3.9

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.


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