November 24, 2014

Soft skills in demand among college grads

At least one Wisconsin college is reporting a significant turnout for employers doing on-campus recruiting and coming to its job fairs. Laura Kestner-Ricketts, director of career services at Marquette University, says for the fifth year in a row, the university is seeing a “record” turn out by companies.

She says the companies doing the most hiring are businesses with less than 1000 employees and these smaller firms hiring perhaps one-or-two candidates.

Kestner says employers are looking for candidates with so-called soft skills, the right communication and etiquette to function in the workforce with the number one request being proficiency in Excel.

Unfortunately, she says there still is a sense of entitlement among some people looking for work, the belief that possessing a college degree should “automatically open doors.