Soft skills drive hiring decisions
Which skills are employers looking for in new hires? According to research and data, the answer is pretty conclusive: soft skills.
Sara Johnson, employer and alumni relations manager at Concordia College, researched full-time job postings (more than 382,000!) from the last two years for new bachelor’s degree holders in our five-state area using a tool that pulls together and analyzes job postings. Unsurprisingly, the top sought skill was oral and written communication.
“That’s always number one. Looking at our data from job postings, we see demand for communications skills is two times more in demand than any other skill,” Johnson said.
|Ten of the top skills sought in new hires with bachelor’s degrees|
|# of postings that mentioned skill|
|Oral and written communications||149,631|
Source: TalentNeuron Recruit
Data for May 2014 to May 2016, for full-time, entry-level positions for those with bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota and bordering states
And looking at those soft skills in greatest demand is good news for the new grads from our colleges: they can show that they’ve got what today’s hiring managers want.
“The liberal arts colleges really have an advantage in helping students develop these high demand skill sets and preparing them for the workforce,” she said. “There’s always a transition — when you’re a new employee. These soft skills, they’re people skills and they give an advantage to liberal arts students, helping them be productive sooner. That’s a huge value to an employer, they’re a quick learner.”