8 Core Skills That Employers Want

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Ability to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.

  • Research projects

  • Student assistant/part-time job

  • Leadership role in an organization


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Ability to coach and developothers, organize and delegate work, and leverage the strengths of others to achieve goals.

  • Start a student organization

  • Run for office of an organization

  • Attend Lions LEAD Retreat


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Oral & Written Communication

Ability to clearly and effectively articulate thoughts and ideas in written and oral forms, such as emails and presentations.

  • Student organization like Toastmasters

  • Speech/communication courses

  • Research papers


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Professionalism & Work Ethic

Ability to demonstrate effective work habits like punctuality, time management, and work productively with others.

  • Internship or part-time job

  • Attend Career Fair

  • Academically succeed in your courses


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Teamwork & Collaboration

Ability to build relationships with colleagues and customers, and to negotiate and manage conflict in a team structure.

  • Class group projects

  • Membership in student organization

  • Student assistant/part-time job


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Career Management

Ability to identify and articulate your skills, knowledge, and experiences in a way relevant to desired position and career goals.

  • Utilize Career Services resources

  • Keep resume updated

  • Network at Career Fair and beyond


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Use & Adaptability of Technology

Ability to utilize existing technology to efficiently complete tasks and able to adapt to new and emerging technologies.

  • Courses - Moodle, Excel, other software

  • Social media usage

  • Part-time job using a computer system


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Global & Intercultural Fluency

Ability to value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.

  • Attend and intercultural campus event

  • Study abroad

  • Take a course in workplace diversity