What Employers Look For

What Employers Are Looking For In a Student

Communication Skills

By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Successful communication is critical in business.


Employers want to hire students who are comfortable with themselves.They are confident, but never cocky. They are friendly, engaging and, as a result, a pleasure to be around.


Employers like people who are warm, friendly, easygoing, and cooperative with others. Employers are looking for people who can join the team and be part of the work family.

Willingness to Listen and Learn

Employers want to hire students who have the skills necessary to do the job. Listening and being open to learning new


In some fields, a job is changing and evolving day by day. Employers want to hire adaptable students who can change with it. This may mean someone who can follow directions one day and figure out his or her own direction the next. Or perhaps someone who can spend some days behind their desk and other days in the field, equally productive in both environments.


Employers want to hire students who are flexible. Those who are stuck in their ways tend to be more difficult to work with than those who can go with the flow. Flexibility goes hand in hand with adaptability.


Employers do not want to hire students who require handholding or constant praise in order to feel appreciated. They are looking for students who can motivate themselves, figure out what needs to be done and then do it.


You’ ve heard it before, but there is no “I” in “TEAM.” Even those who are hired to fill individual positions may eventually find themselves working as part of a group. Employers are looking for those who can collaborate well with others, not behave like divas.


Employers want to hire students who will be there to do the job every day. They do not want to waste their time with someone who is constantly calls in sick, demands vacation time during the busy season, or abuse a flexible schedule.


Honesty is the best policy and that certainly applies in the workplace. Be true to who you are and honest with employers.

Student Testimonials

You meet so many new people and gain new life long friendships! You have chances to network with many great individuals both during your internship and through your professors! Overall, it’s an experience that is beyond words.

- Sarah Escobar, 11th grader at Stevens High School

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