Millennial Education

Skills that make every graduate more employable

 In 2016, American salary, benefits and compensation information website PayScale collected information from nearly 64,000 managers across different professions and reported that 44% of managers complained about the lack of writing skills among fresh graduates. Considered as an indispensable hard skill required for entry-level jobs, writing skills were more missed than public speaking and data analysis talents.
 
Lack of these skills levies an enormous burden on the economy too. For example, stunted productivity owing to unfilled job positions costed the American economy a revenue loss of about USD 160 billion in 2014. Recruiters are trying hard to fill open positions with suitable candidates and are looking for skills more than just a degree certificate. If you are a college student preparing to graduate, you would probably want to sharpen the following in order to get hired easily this year.
 
1. Writing skills
As discussed above, writing skills are the most sought-after proficiency in entry-level jobs. Writing a cause-and-effect essay for the assignment is different from research reports and business communication letters for the potential employer on a regular basis. Grammar and punctuation have become more important than ever. Along with basic business communication, you should also learn how to write for social media. The list may be huge but these skills can be learnt and practiced. Enroll yourself for a writing skill class or workshop, read a lot and practice these writing skills intensely. A feedback from someone more experienced in writing, on your writing samples, will give you useful ideas about your skill level.
 
2. Technical skills
Be it any field, a prior experience always works in the favour of the applicant. While a full-time job is not possible along with your academic schedule and demands, you could always look for internships and part-time roles to gain exposure to specific skills and hands-on experience. These internships will also give you an opportunity to network with industry professionals.
 
3. Soft skills
Exposure to co-curricular activities in college support the development of soft skills in a student. Leadership, team playing, communication, problem-solving and strategic thinking are indispensable to every field, be it IT, liberal arts, science or management.
 
4. Customer service skills
Your first job is most likely going to involve facing clients and customers on a regular basis. If not, you will be working in an environment where your colleagues and senior will depend on the quality of your work to do theirs. Therefore, the idea of service skills goes beyond just working behind a desk or talking on phone. Companies look for graduates who are agile and are willing to take initiatives to improve the quality of their work. Your role maybe at the entry level but it goes a long way to empower the company in achieving goals.
 
5. Attitudes and approach
Turning up late for a client meeting unwashed and unprepared is a quality that no employer will respect, no matter what your alma mater is. Treat the people you work with and their time with professional respect.