January 16, 2024 | By Kevin Gray
Students hoping to catch the eye of potential employers through their resume should forego relying only on their strong GPA and instead highlight the attributes and skills they developed in their classwork and through their various experiential assignments, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2024 report.
When asked what attributes they are looking for on the resumes of the job candidates they consider for their job openings, nearly 90% of employers responding to the Job Outlook 2024 survey indicated they are seeking evidence of a student’s ability to solve problems and nearly 80% are seeking candidates who have strong teamwork skills. (See Figure 1.)
In addition, at least two-thirds of employers report looking for:
- A strong work ethic;
- Written and verbal communication skills;
- Analytical/quantitative skills;
- Flexibility/adaptability; and
- Technical skills.