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Leadership and negotiation skills 'important for graduate jobs'

Published: Wednesday, 03 September 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Work Experience

Those looking to boost their prospects in the graduate jobs market should look at improving their leadership and negotiation skills, one expert believes.

According to Martyn Sloman, learning and development advisor at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), "everybody" is lacking in these skills.

He said: "It is largely thought that such skills are mainly developed on the job, through experience."

This means that anyone looking to develop these skills by engaging in work experience should make sure that they get feedback from their employer, he added.

However, people should not expect to master these skills immediately and they will develop over time, Mr Sloman stated.

Meanwhile, Consultant News reports that a study by TalentDrain has found that graduates are looking for challenging jobs with the chance for advancement.

According to the firm, people are more than willing to switch to a new employer if their current role is unsatisfactory. ADNFCR-1068-ID-18762611-ADNFCR

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