The Most Valued Skill for a Majority of Employers Is…
Time to sharpen those pencils and brush up on your vocabulary.
As reported by Inc., according to a recent report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, writing skills are on the rise as one of the most important factors when considering prospective job candidates. More than 73% of employers and hiring managers view a candidate with strong written communication skills favorably. In fact, written communication ranked number three in most desired skill overall, behind the ability to be a good team member and leadership skills.
Additionally, 75% of employers noted that they like seeing a stronger focus on written communication skills at the college level. Thus, candidates with majors like English and communications under their belts are beginning to be viewed as favorites. In the past, these types of majors may have been mocked as being a bit too abstract for being professionally viable, but the tides are apparently changing.
In professional environments, where we rely more and more on email correspondence, the ability to express ideas clearly and accurately is no doubt crucial. To bring employees up to speed, Inc. reports "businesses are spending billions each year on remedial writing training."
So, if you want to give yourself a leg up, focus on those writing skills. If it's already a strength, don't be shy about flexing those skills the next time you interview.
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