Soft Qualities Can Get You The Job

IT degree and Accounting degree programs can teach you the hard skills you need for a job in those fields, but softer skills, like communication and social etiquette, are also a necessary asset as a job seeker. The Graduate Outlook 2010 found that interpersonal and communication skills are the most important selection criteria for recent college graduates seeking entry-level roles.

Problem Solving
Problem solving doesn't only mean figuring out formulas and solving complex equations. Hiring managers look for potential employees who can solve everyday business challenges by developing effective ways to overcome them.

You'll likely be asked to give examples of issues you successfully managed in the past during an interview, so be prepared. Be specific in defining the problem, how you handled it, and the result of your efforts.

Many growing companies look to hire younger employees who will adapt and grow with them. If you show that you are willing to learn and update your skills as the industry changes, hiring managers will likely consider you a worthy candidate. Highlight how flexible and open you are in your cover letter and resume, and as you interview always underscore your ability to be open to new projects and work with a variety of individuals.

Supervisors want their employees to be able to function well as part of a team. During your interview, demonstrate that you are comfortable leading, following direction, and collaborating with others. Also show hiring managers that you are able to carry out your part of a project in order to achieve a common goal. Incorporate examples of when you worked effectively as part of a team into your resume and during your interview.

Across every industry, strong communication skills are a must. Whether you are a nursing degree student or business student, you must be able to express your thoughts clearly and meaningfully on the job. You should be capable of writing memos or emails, giving presentations, and explaining details to other employees. If you need to practice or improve your communication skills, take a class to help you learn the basics of speech or writing so you can excel on the job.

Critical Observation Skills
Analyzing and interpreting information is vital to any job. Rather than just collecting data and organizing data, your boss may expect you to summarize the essential points and suggest a plan of action in response. With a degree under your belt, chances are you've developed the foundational skills you need to thrive in the workplace.

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This article was written by Tamryn Hennessy, National Director of Career Development at Rasmussen College. In her role, she oversees the residential and online career placement and development of degree seeking students. Her team assists students in making transformational changes in their lives.

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