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 2022 AVERAGE INFLUENCE RATING* 2021 AVERAGE INFLUENCE RATING* 2020 AVERAGE INFLUENCE RATING*
Has completed an internship with your organization 4.4 4.5 4.6
Has internship experience in your industry 4.3 4.3 4.4
Major 3.8 3.8 3.9
Has general work experience 3.7 3.6 3.6
Has held a leadership position 3.6 3.6 3.9
Has been involved in extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, student government, etc.) 3.5 3.4 3.6
Has no work experience 3.3 3.2 3.4
High GPA (3.0 or above) 3.1 3.2 3.5
Has done volunteer work 2.7 2.8 2.7
School attended 2.6 2.5 2.7
Is fluent in a foreign language 2.1 2.1 2.1
Has studied abroad 2.0 1.8 2.0

Source: Job Outlook 2022, 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
Problem-solving skills 85.5%
Analytical/quantitative skills 78.6%
Ability to work in a team 76.3%
Communication skills (written) 73.3%
Initiative 72.5%
Strong work ethic 71.0%
Technical skills 64.9%
Flexibility/adaptability 63.4%
Detail-oriented 62.6%
Leadership 60.3%
Communication skills (verbal) 58.8%
Interpersonal skills (relates well to others) 56.5%
Computer skills 52.7%
Organizational ability 42.0%
Strategic planning skills 38.2%
Creativity 26.7%
Friendly/outgoing personality 21.4%
Tactfulness 19.1%
Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker 14.5%
Fluency in a foreign language 5.3%

Source: Job Outlook 2022, National Association of Colleges and Employers