Top Skills and Qualities Employers
Seek in College Grads


Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys employers across the country and asks them to rate the top qualities and skills they seek in their new college hires. In addition to the major-specific knowledge you are gaining in your academic classes, these skills are necessary to help you be competitive when you begin to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school. Take the time to evaluate your qualities and skills, identify your strengths and areas of growth, and establish a plan to continue to further develop these critical success factors.


Top Skills/Qualities Employers Look For

  1. Ability to work in a team
  2. Leadership
  3. Communication skills (written)
  4. Problem-solving skill
  5. Strong work ethic
  6. Analytical/quantitative skill
  7. Communication skills (verbal)
  8. Initiative
  9. Technical skills
  10. Detail-oriented
  11. Flexibility/adaptability
  12. Computer skills
  13. Interpersonal skills
  14. Organizational ability
  15. Strategic planning skill
  16. Friendly/outgoing personality
  17. Creativity
  18. Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker
  19. Tactfulness

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