What Employers Want

Employers are looking for CCM students to be career ready. The National Association of Colleges and Employers has identified the following key competencies for career readiness.

Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.

Oral / Written Communication
Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms both inside and outside of the organization.

Teamwork / Collaboration
Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.

Digital Technology
Select and use appropriate technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks and accomplish goals.

Leadership
Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.

Professionalism / Work Ethic
Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image.

Career Management
Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas of professional growth.

Global Intercultural Fluency
Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.

 

Now, where to start:

Early in your college experience, create a portfolio for soft skills.  When you complete an activity that provides tangible evidence of a soft skill, make note of it in your portfolio.

Academics:  Accept responsibility for an important component of a class project or offer to be the spokesperson for a small group project.  Join a club where you can collaborate with peers on an initiative.  Continuing education courses can provide an additional perspective.

Experiential Learning:  It can be anything from a service-learning project to a paid internship.  Seek challenges to showcase soft skills.  Document examples of where you collaborated, motivated, solved a problem, or used public speaking, leadership, persuasion, time management or creative skills.  How did these skills lead to the success of the project? How did you learn from others?

Volunteer:  Provide leadership to children, organize a fundraiser, volunteer at a hospital, etc.

Ask CCM’s Career Services:  Learn how to identify and communicate your skills to employers.