Prepare

Preparing for a successful career is more than simply meeting your degree requirements. Think about what will set you apart from others with the same educational background and how you will market yourself to future employers. Use the information below to help guide you in making yourself marketable for internship and full time career opportunities.

Influence of Attributes

ATTRIBUTE 2019 AVERAGE INFLUENCE RATING* 2018 AVERAGE INFLUENCE RATING* 2017 AVERAGE INFLUENCE RATING*
Has completed an internship with your organization 4.6 4.6 N/A
Has internship experience in your industry 4.5 4.4 N/A
Major 4.0 3.8 4.0
Has held a leadership position 3.8 3.7 3.9
Has general work experience 3.7 3.7 N/A
Has been involved in extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, student government, etc.) 3.5 3.3 3.6
Has no work experience 3.4 3.4 N/A
High GPA (3.0 or above) 3.3 3.3 3.6
School attended 2.7 2.8 2.9
Has done volunteer work 2.6 2.7 2.6
Is fluent in a foreign language 2.1 2.2 2.1
Has studied abroad 2.0 2.2 2.0

Source: Job Outlook 2019, National Association of Colleges and Employers. *5-point scale where 1=No influence at all; 2=Not much influence; 3=Somewhat of an influence; 4=Very much influence; 5=Extreme influence.

 

Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate’s Resume

ATTRIBUTE % OF RESPONDENTS
Communication skills (written) 82.0%
Problem-solving skills 80.9%
Ability to work in a team 78.7%
Initiative 74.2%
Analytical/quantitative skills 71.9%
Strong work ethic 70.8%
Communication skills (verbal) 67.4%
Leadership 67.4%
Detail-oriented 59.6%
Technical skills 59.6%
Flexibility/adaptability 58.4%
Computer skills 55.1%
Interpersonal skills (relates well to others) 52.8%
Organizational ability 43.8%
Strategic planning skills 38.2%
Tactfulness 25.8%
Creativity 23.6%
Friendly/outgoing personality 22.5%
Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker 16.9%
Fluency in a foreign language 11.2%

Source: Job Outlook 2019, National Association of Colleges and Employers