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Attitude as important as skills for graduate job hunters

Published: Monday, 11 January 2010   Category: Career Advice

Graduate job hunters have been told that having the right attitude to succeed in a position is held in equal regard to the skills that an applicant possesses.

The Daily Telegraph reports on a survey from the Keep Britain Working campaign group which shows that 90 per cent of employers would recruit a candidate with the right attitude even if a rival had better qualifications.

Founder of the campaign James Reed revealed that the research goes some way to showing that having the relevant skills is not all that is needed to secure a job.

According to the publication, he said: "With the UK economy still struggling to exit recession, more needs to be done to make sure the UK workforce has the right skills and attitudes to succeed within a challenging global economy.

"While skills are vital, our research shows that the often neglected area of people's attitude, or mindset, is even more important for success."

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, recently advised job searchers that showing a commitment to a particular field before going to an interview may boost their chance of getting hired.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19550445-ADNFCR

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