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September is usually a busy month for graduates or college seniors who are about to graduate. Many schools invite employers and recruiters during September in order to help their students get hired. However, finding that very first job is not always easy because there are many other students competing for the same positions in the very same companies. Therefore, it is important to know beforehand what employers look for in new graduates and below you can find them.

Problem Solving Skills: This is one of the most important skills employers look for in new graduates. Every day we come across with many problems because this is the nature of doing business. People who don’t give up when a new problem arises and can come up with possible solutions to solve that problem are the ones that will become successful and be one of the future leaders of tomorrow.  Throwing out ideas for solutions is ok but companies need people who can turn these ideas into reality. Ideas alone are not enough to solve the problems but execution of these ideas are. For this reason, a new graduate who have problem solving skills worth his/her weight in gold.

Ability to Work in a Team: Team work is essential in corporations. You need to be able to work with others in order to reach a common goal. Therefore, it is important that each person understands what is expected of him/her. If one fails to fulfill his/her responsibilities in a team, then, this may create a domino effect and affect the success of the whole project. For this reason, employers prefer to hire graduates who can work together in harmony with a team rather than someone who likes to work by themselves.

Positive Attitude: Employees with positive attitude are generally more liked by other coworkers and perform better in the workplace. For example; you have two coworkers and one of them is a happy and energetic person and the other one is pessimistic and always complains about everything. Who would you prefer to work with in this situation? The person who brings everyone down or who cheers up everyone? I am sure the answer is clear. Therefore, always have a big smile on your face when you are networking in a career fair or in your interviews.

Communication Skills: We need to communicate with other people to do business because we need to pass along information to them and more importantly, we need to transfer this information correctly. Therefore, having good reading, writing and listening skills is very important in today’s corporate world. Good listeners understand the necessary information correctly and ask questions if they need to clarify a point. Good writers pass out the information to others properly and good readers do not miss any important points while reading the information. For this reason, employers pay close attention to communication skills of new graduates.