Millennial Branding and Experience surveyed 225 employers to find out what’s most important to them when they hire students or others for entry-level jobs. “Soft skills” like communication and teamwork were ranked even higher than education, and almost all employers said students should have at least one internship before they graduate.
An internship can be a great way to get a job, especially if you have no relevant experience. 91 per cent of the employers surveyed said students should have between one and two internships under their belt, and those internships should be at least three months long. 82 per cent of the employers said they hire interns for full-time positions, although half of them haven’t hired interns in the last six months.
However, keep in mind that relevant courses and recommendations matter more than internship experience. Grades doesn’t seem to matter as much though.
If you’re looking for an entry-level job, be sure to brush up on your communication skills and prepare to demonstrate your positive attitude, adaptability and teamwork skills. Think of examples from past experience that can show off those critical skills.
Here’s all the survey data in infographic form (click to expand or right-click to save):