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What do employers really want?

June 21, 2013 · Posted by Barbara Trevino

With all the news of late about how hard it is to get a job, how can you increase your chances of being successful? First, you can get an associate’s degree and then a bachelor’s degree. It’s no secret that people who learn more earn a better living. In addition to increasing your chances of success by having a degree, there are some qualities that employers across the board insist job candidates have. In a recent study of what hiring managers want from prospective employees, nearly 93 percent said they need to be able to communicate clearly, think critically, and be able to solve complex problems. More than 9 in 10 of those surveyed said it was important that candidates show ethical judgment and integrity as well as the ability to continue learning.

Employers made clear in the results of this survey that it is important to have a combination of general skills and specific skills and not be lopsided in any direction. Employers said that they were less interested in an individual’s college major and more interested in whether or not employees can apply the knowledge they’ve learned in a real-world setting. Except for technical fields like computer science or engineering, employers welcomed job applicants with any major. The study was conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. You can read the details at http://www.aacu.org/leap/presidentstrust/compact/2013SurveySummary.cfm.