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  • Writer's pictureThe Early Talent Consultancy

Skills employers look for in recent graduates

Throughout our experience, we've noticed that some undergraduates tend to focus extensively on qualifications and technical expertise, often missing the equally important 'soft skills' that employers value in graduates.

Recognising what employers look for can be a great asset in your job search and in the early stages of your career.

Understanding the balance between technical and 'soft skills' is key to standing out in today's competitive job market.

🟠 Communication: This skill is key in any role, whether that be verbal/non-verbal, written and often overlooked, listening. The ability to know the appropriate communication channel to use and adapting to different styles of interacting is essential as you develop.

🟡Team working: Showcase your ability to work collaboratively in a team and make meaningful contributions. This will have a positive impact on the quality of work you deliver.

🟢Adaptability and Flexibility: Demonstrate your capacity to thrive in new environments, learn quickly and be flexible in the ever changing workplace.

🔵Resilience: Show how you handle pressure, recover from setbacks and adapt to change.

🟣 Self Awareness: This will enable you to seek feedback, identify areas for improvement and take proactive steps towards your development.

Remember, the specific skills you need may vary by industry and role. Research these by looking on the employer’s website and be aware of them when you start work.

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