Study shows that basic skills are important for finding a job

In order to land a job after graduation, most employers said that basic skills are the most important.
In order to land a job after graduation, most employers said that basic skills are the most important.

According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, having a college degree is extremely important for finding a job. In 2009, about 62 percent of all positions required higher education. By 2020, this figure is expected to increase to 75 percent.

A recent study by Michigan State University shows that when students do decide to pursue a degree, they should focus on learning the basics during college, as opposed to more specialized skills in their disciplines.

Interviewing 1,850 employers, the survey asked what knowledge young adults should better acquire in order to get a position at their organization. About 26 percent of employers said that basic skills, such as an understanding of spelling and grammar, oral and visual communication and preparing reports, are the most important for landing a job.

One employer said that students can show their grasp on basic skills through their cover letters and resumes, which should be organized and lack spelling or grammar mistakes.

Other significant factors to employers are professionalism and maturity, which 24 percent of hiring managers said were extremely important for getting a job at their company. This includes giving realistic salary expectations, acting professionally with managers and clients and understanding the position, according to the report.

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