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'Soft skills boost graduate jobs chances'

Published: Friday, 01 August 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Graduate Job sector Reports

Those looking for graduate jobs should be aware that employers are looking for more than just good grades, according to a new report.

A study by Reed Consulting found that communication skills and the ability to work in a team were seen as "critical attributes" by more than 60 per cent of firms.

While a good degree will boost their chances, graduates must also be able to demonstrate that they have transferable skills with the ability to grasp complex issues, the report revealed.

Nick Griffin, Reed Consulting's head of graduate services, said: "With an estimated 185,000 people set to leave college and university this summer, recruiters are faced with the challenge to hire the best graduates who will also have the potential to be future business leaders."

Earlier this week Personnel Today reported that a study by Personnel Decision International had found that potential chief executives tend to demonstrate the characteristics that mark them out for greatness early on.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18712646-ADNFCR

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