Communications, Creativity, Adaptability, Time Management. What are two things that those skills have in common?
First of all, in my survey, hiring managers selected them as the most four essential skills they look for when hiring college graduates.
And secondly, it's incredibly hard to prove that you're good at them during a job interview! Maybe you can show how well you communicate, but the others... can you think of good ideas and solve problems while someone is peering intently at you, evaluating your every move and holding your future in your hand?
I didn't think so!
This is one of the biggest challenges facing young people today. In school, we're evaluated over and over again on what information we know. In yesterday's workplace, it was the same. A person's job and their salary was based on the training they had and the information they knew.
What you studied--what you learned in school--determined the kind of job you did. Hiring managers could look at your degree and know if you had the specific skills they needed. Or they could easily test you on your knowledge.
Now we're in a world that puts incredible pressure on companies to compete globally, while also changing the ways that business is done. Organizations are now looking for workers who have the skills needed to succeed in a fast-changing workplace. They want people who are reliable, who communicate well, who adapt/learn quickly, and who can solve problems.
And the only problem is that there is no real way to test job applicants on those intangible skills! You could be the best candidate for your dream job... and they might never know! Anyone else frustrated by this?