What qualities do employers look for when hiring students after high school or college? To find the answer to that question, I surveyed over one hundred personnel officers from the nation’s leading corporations. I asked them to respond to these questions:
QUESTION #1: To what extent do you rely on an applicant’s school record when hiring?
QUESTION #2: As an employer what importance do you place on extra curricular activities when evaluating an applicant’s school record?
QUESTION #3: What significance do you place in a student’s school attendance as noted on the school records, and what role do you feel attendance plays in success in school and later success on the job?
QUESTION #4: What qualities do you look for when reviewing the
school records of applicants for jobs with your company?
QUESTION #5: What full-time jobs are available in your company
for applicants who have not graduated from high school?
I summarize the answers to those questions in this article. By reviewing the qualities employers look for most, guidance counselors, career advisors, teachers, parents, and school administrators may be better able to help students prepare their resumes and develop the qualities employers look for in their employees.
(The Guidance Clinic previously published a version of this revised and updated article.)