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Students in college should pay close attention to more than just academics. Althouth good grades are important, because it demonstrates positive behavior, it is not all that employers want from new grads.

Employers continue to be concerned about the lack of "soft skills" they need from good employees. In a recent study written by researcher Paul Barton for the Education Testing Services, employers identified the following four soft skills as lacking in too many new grads:

-good attendance
-positive can-do attitude
-strong communication skills
-actual work skills

Additionally, a survey from the National Association of Manufactures showed the following as some of the common reasons employers are rejecting new grad applicants:

-More than 66% cite a lack of "soft skills"
-About 33% of employers cite lack of experience
-About 33% cite inadequate reading and writing skills
-Academics and school achievement rank below soft skills for employability

Although the manufacturing sector is declining in the US, new grads should pay close attention to skills required beyond graduation. The skills required by employers cuts across all industries and jobs.

Where do you stand with these in demand job skills? I know they are basic, but even if you do get hired, you won't have career success without mastering these on-the-job-skills.

Make an effort to find good examples of skills you possess that demonstrate positive behaviors, your ability to compete in the workplace and succeed at work. Use your part-time job during college, to specifically develop these soft skills that will be important to long term career success.

Courtesy of Career Coach Marcie who has trained or coached students and new grads for 10 years on workplace, career, internship and employment success. Subscribe to her BullsEye Career Blog
Posted By: Dr. Marcia Robinson
Saturday, March 7th 2009 at 9:14AM
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