Professionals who can articulate well and adeptly analyze information to make strategic decisions have the edge in business and information technology workplaces, according to nationwide survey commissioned by Kaplan University School of Business and Information Technology with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
The survey, which highlights career tips for IT and Business Job applicants was distributed to 3,000 SHRM members nationwide in September, amassing over 350 responses from the administrator to C-Suite level. The goal of the survey was to identify the personal and professional traits that can help secure job opportunities for graduates seeking employment and advancement in the business and IT sectors.
"Kaplan University is keenly focused on making sure our graduates have the skills employers are looking for. We're constantly evaluating and enhancing our business and IT programs to better prepare our students for the demands in the workplace," said Dr. Thomas C. Boyd, Kaplan University dean and vice president of the School of Business and Information Technology. "The survey results reaffirm the importance of obtaining 'soft skills' like communication, critical thinking and team work in addition to core curriculum competencies."
Key survey findings include the following:
- Aside from education training, communication (94%) and critical thinking skills (73%) ranked as leading skills for business and general job applicants in today's workplace.
- Breaking it down by sector, communication (90%) and critical thinking (75%) remained as the top two business job applicant skills; technology/social and digital media skills (72%) and critical thinking (67%) addressed the top IT job applicant skills.
- Adaptability to change (31% for IT jobs; 25% for business jobs) was the one strength that HR professional deemed most important for a person to gain a competitive edge in their field or position.
- Employee referrals and national online job boards (58% and 53%, respectively, for business applicants; and equally 46% for IT applicants) were reported to be the leading resources for human resources recruiters. Internal job postings were another top recruitment source for business positions (45%), and industry-specific/niche online job boards were key for IT jobs (39%).
For more information, visit the Kaplan University School of Business and Information Technology.