What Employers Seek on a Resume

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently released the results of their most recent survey of employers, including what skills they look for on resumes.

The top skill/attribute? Problem-solving skills, or what Arts & Sciences students might recognize as another way to describe the critical thinking skills that are a huge part of a CAS education. Need help figuring out how to feature these skills on your resume? Check out our Resume Writing Guide for tips on how to do this (pay particular attention to the section about describing your work experience). If you need additional help ask your advisor for help understanding how your academic work has contributed to these skills and think about what examples you can use from your previous coursework or projects. Not sure about how to illustrate these skills through your work or other experiences? Set up a time to come see me and we can talk about your past experience and how to use it to best showcase what you have to offer.

Check out the full list of attributes below and the complete article for more detail!

Figure 1: Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate’s Resume

ATTRIBUTE % OF
RESPONDENTS
Problem-solving skills 82.9%
Ability to work in a team 82.9%
Communication skills (written) 80.3%
Leadership 72.6%
Strong work ethic 68.4%
Analytical/quantitative skills 67.5%
Communication skills (verbal) 67.5%
Initiative 67.5%
Detail-oriented 64.1%
Flexibility/adaptability 60.7%
Technical skills 59.8%
Interpersonal skills (relates well to others) 54.7%
Computer skills 48.7%
Organizational ability 48.7%
Strategic planning skills 39.3%
Creativity 29.1%
Friendly/outgoing personality 27.4%
Tactfulness 22.2%
Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker 19.7%
Fluency in a foreign language 4.3%

Source: Job Outlook 2018, National Association of Colleges and Employers

By Rick DelVecchio
Rick DelVecchio Director of Career Development Rick DelVecchio