What Employers Look For In Potential Employees

52% of college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed! If you are like most soon-to-be graduates that statistic will most likely cause you to panic a little. Wait! There is good news! According to an article in U.S. News, 9 out of 10 employers say they will hire more graduates this year than last. That means you better be ready to get out there and start interviewing.

In a competitive job market, lack of professionalism can be detrimental and cause you to lose out on many great opportunities, especially if you are a recent grad. Here are some basic keys to success that will help you out when looking for a job.


No. 1: Watch out for your social media accounts

You’ve probably heard it a million times but being aware of your online presence is one of the most important things to remember. According to a survey on careerbuilder.com, employers claim to search for the following red flags when in the process of potentially hiring someone.

  • Inappropriate or provocative photos (49%)
  • Information about a candidate drinking or using drugs (45%)
  • Poor communication skills (35%)
  • Discriminatory comments about other people (28%)
  • Lying about qualifications (22%)

Try running some searches on yourself and see what comes up. Ask yourself, “Would I hire me?”


No. 2: Always have a good A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.

It is so simple and obvious but somehow it seems to be easily forgotten. When applying for a job, strive to come across as friendly and enthusiastic no matter what. Always be positive during interviews and be careful never to speak negatively about past employers or companies. Employers know if you speak negatively about past employers you will be willing to do the same about them. Last but not least, ALWAYS follow up an interview with a thank you note. Job Interviewing Thank You Letter Tips on about.com has examples of how to write many different post-interview thank you notes.


No. 3: Communication skills

If you pay attention to job postings, you will notice most postings specify “strong communication skills” in the job requirements. Strong communication skills are important in securing a job in today’s market, especially for the current generation that relies heavily on technology for communication. Hard skills such as how to use a particular program or software are generally easy to teach, however soft skills such as communication take development. Strong communications skills include:

  • Verbal and non-verbal
  • Technological and non-technological
  • Mediated and non-mediated
  • Participatory and non-participatory


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Melanie Lovejoy
College Works Painting
Social Media Marketing Assistant

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