Skills & Qualities Employers Look For

Every 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 candidates, specifically new college hires.

The skills listed below are necessary to help you be competitive when applying for internship and job opportunities, as well as graduate school. Evaluate your skills and qualities, identify your strengths and areas of growth, and establish a plan to continue to further develop these critical assets.

Top 10 Skills/Qualities Employers Seek:

  • Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to work in a team structure.
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.
  • Ability to obtain and process information.
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data.
  • Technical knowledge related to the job.
  • Proficiency with computer software programs.
  • Ability to create and/or edit written reports.
  • Ability to sell or influence others.

These are skills commonly identified by employers. Research your industry of interest and become knowledgable about additional skills relevant to your field.