Top 10 Skills and Qualities Employers Want

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The results of a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers show that these are the top 10 skills and qualities employers want:

  1. Communication
  2. Teamwork
  3. Decision making & Problem solving
  4. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work (Planning)
  5. Ability to obtain and process information (Information Literacy)
  6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  10.  Ability to sell or influence others

Learn how to get the skills employers want with the resources in this series of posts.

Illustration from Binghamton University

More research on skills employers want under Raising the Bar at aacu.org and humanities institute.

See also The Surprising Truth About the Workforce Gap

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