Job Outlook: What Do Employers Look for in Candidates? With the state of the job market employers have high expectations for the candidates they hire. They are looking for both technical and soft skills. Soft skills refer to a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces that make someone a good employee and compatible to work with. Companies value soft skills because research suggests and experience shows that they can be just as important an indicator of job performance as hard skills (technical skills).
You should be taking steps TODAY, not next semester, to prepare yourself for your career. Don’t wait until you are a senior to prepare yourself, because by then it is too late!