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Vast majority of employers 'pick attitude over skill'

Published: Wednesday, 01 June 2011   Category: Career Advice

University-leavers looking for graduate opportunities may be interested to know that a huge majority of employers decide to employ people on their overall attitude, rather than their skill set.

That is according to new research by recruitment expert James Reed and Dr Paul Stoltz - conducted across Europe, Asia and the Americas - which found that 97 per cent of employers think a good mindset is important, according to the Recruiter magazine.

Mr Reed explained that the phenomena goes beyond having the right attitude in the interview: "Our research shows that you can triple your chances of getting the job you want if you show your winning mindset in the right way on your CV," he said.

Stoltz and Reed published Put Your Mindset to Work: The One Asset You Really Need to Win and Keep the Job You Love, a book on how to use your attitude to help get a job, yesterday (May 31st).

Among the most desirable traits in a candidate - according to the research - are honesty and trustworthiness, followed by commitment, accountability, flexibility and determination.

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