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Employers filling Chicago jobs are looking for team players

Posted on December 15, 2013

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers like a team player with looking to fill Chicago jobs.

When it comes to the importance of candidate skills and qualities, employers are looking for team players who can solve problems, organize their work, and communicate effectively.

Employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2014 survey rated “ability to work in a team structure,” “ability to make decisions and solve problems,” “ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work,” and “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” as the most important candidate skills/qualities.

These are followed by candidates’ “ability to obtain and process information” and “ability to analyze quantitative data.”

Employers look for: the ability to work in a team structure, the ability to make decisions and problem solve, the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work, the ability to verbally communicate with those inside and outside of the organization, the ability to process information, the ability to analyze quantitative data, technical knowledge related to the job, ability to create and edit reports, and the ability to sell and influence others.

NACE collected data for the Job Outlook 2014 survey from its college recruiting professional members from August 5 through September 13, 2013. A total of 208 surveys were returned for a response rate of 19.8 percent. Of those responding, 16.8 percent of respondents were from the West, 23.6 percent were from the Northeast, 27.9 percent were from the Southeast, and 29.3 percent were from the Midwest.