No matter what your career interests are, there are some basic qualities and skills that employers seek in their candidates. Use your time at the University of Richmond to build upon and/or strengthen your abilities in these areas.
Each year the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducts the Job Outlook survey to gain information from employers about hiring plans and other employment-related issues. The 2012 Job Outlook, the top qualities that employers noted they seek when hiring are:
- Teamwork skills
- Verbal communication skills with persons inside and outside the organization
- Decision-making and problem solving
- Ability to obtain and process information
- Planning, organizing, and prioritizing work
- Analytical skills
- Technical knowledge related to the job
- Proficiency with computer software programs
- Creating and editing written reports
- Ability to sell and influence others
There are a variety of opportunities on and off campus that will help you develop these skills: taking specific courses, doing group work, becoming involved in student organizations, volunteering through the CCE, and taking advantage of courses offered in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. In addition, think about finding an internship in your desired field, utilizing the Center for Teaching and Learning Technology to learn new computer skills, and the Writing or Speech Centers to practice with communication.
Go through the top ten list and identify three skills that you’d like to work on strengthening, and make an action plan for yourself to learn in those areas. Schedule an appointment with Career Services today to discuss your competency with these skills and figure out additional ways you can develop them!