The results of two sep­a­rate sur­veys were announced the week of Sep­tember 16 that pro­vide very inter­esting insights into the Amer­ican job market. One addressed the opin­ions of those who hire can­di­dates for jobs and the other reported on the salaries of those who get hired.

Inside Higher Ed reported on a survey con­ducted for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity among hiring decision-​​makers nation­wide. Six in ten of these busi­ness leaders responded that “softer” broadly applic­able skills such as oral and written com­mu­ni­ca­tions and problem-​​solving skills are most impor­tant for col­lege grad­u­ates to pos­sess. The survey also found that 84 per­cent of the busi­ness leaders believe the ability to think cre­atively is just as impor­tant as the ability to think critically.

When asked about can­di­dates in the job market today, an over­whelming 73 per­cent said that being well-​​rounded with a range of abil­i­ties is more impor­tant than having industry exper­tise because job-​​specific skills can be learned at work.

 

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