What do businesses look for in entry-level hires? Often when you’re young in your career, you don’t have highly specified skills like you will after several years of work.
When hiring entry-level employees, what businesses are looking for is soft skills. Many employers recognize that with the right soft skills, you can build the hard skills you need as you grow into your role at their company.
That’s why the best thing you can do early in your career is develop strong soft skills. These skills are what will differentiate you from other job applicants in today’s market!
We asked Praxis business partner to identify the skills they look for in entry-level hires. Here are their top answers:
Will you do what you said you’ll do when you said you’ll do it?
2. Ambition/ Drive
What are you willing to do to get the job done?
If you encounter an issue, do you stick it out and solve it, or do you wait for someone else to come along and fix it for you?
Can you find a way to get things done even when you aren’t sure exactly how to do them?
Do you anticipate the impact your actions will have on others?
6. Research Ability
Do you do your research before attempting something new?
Are you friendly and cheerful? Do you respond quickly to emails? Do you show up to phone calls on time?
8. Writing Ability
Do you pay attention to basic grammar? Are you able to express yourself clearly and concisely in your writing?
9. Honesty and Transparency
Are you willing to admit when you’re wrong? Can you be honest about your mistakes?
Can you motivate yourself to do the mundane things? Do you have what it takes to stick out repetitive work?
Do you get stuff done? Are you willing to go the extra mile on a project you’re working on? Will you go the extra mile for a company you work for?
Do you have these skills?
If not, start developing them today. The soft skills you have will give you the edge in your career. With some discipline and grit, you can get started building them now!