Wayne, PA (PRWEB) May 13, 2014
More than 1.6 million students will be graduating from college this year and many will soon be searching for their first post-college jobs. The input that prospective employers receive from a candidate’s references – even for entry level positions – can make the difference between a job offer and a rejection. With that in mind, SkillSurvey today released a new study offering insights based on reference feedback for thousands of actual job candidates. SkillSurvey is the leading provider of confidential, science-based reference assessments that help employers make better hiring decisions.
“In a tough job market, you can find an edge by showing your proficiency in the key problem areas that job references commonly identify,” said Ray Bixler, SkillSurvey CEO. “If you’re a job seeker and you’re already showing strengths in these areas, make sure your teachers, past managers and other references know them and are willing to discuss them when asked. If not, this report gives you some good basic guidelines on where you can improve.”
The SkillSurvey study examined job reference reports on candidates for seven of the most common entry-level positions: engineer, finance, IT, registered nurse, sales/business development, sales/account management and customer service. References most frequently came from previous managers and teachers.
References consistently rated candidates highest on values including trustworthiness, respect for diversity, ethics and integrity. Other common top areas included dedication to doing a good job, taking responsibility and dependability. However, references also noted key areas for improvement across each of the job titles:
SkillSurvey Says: Where Can Entry Level Candidates Improve?
Sales/Business Development (sales “hunter”)
Sales/Account Management (sales “farmer”)
“Although there are clearly areas for improvement, references also generally see entry-level job seekers as an eager, dedicated group of people who are taking responsibility for their actions, dependable and focused on doing a good job,” Bixler said. “It’s a picture that directly contradicts the typical critique of Millennials as ‘entitled,’ ‘demanding’ and ‘lazy’.”
What Can Entry-Level Job Seekers Do to Become More Attractive Candidates?
SkillSurvey offers the following tips based on the company’s experience and database of more than one million job candidates with an average of more than four references each.
About SkillSurvey, Inc.
SkillSurvey is the inventor of the Pre-Hire 360® assessment, which recently received a U.S. patent. Utilizing a unique combination of behavioral science, talent analytics, and data-driven benchmarking, SkillSurvey’s Pre-Hire 360® assessment is scientifically proven to drive better hiring decisions and generate predictive candidate insight based upon past job performance. SkillSurvey’s integrated suite of cloud-based software products is being used by over 1,400 companies, institutions and organizations to reduce new hire turnover, improve job performance, attract better candidates, and drive customer satisfaction. SkillSurvey has frequently been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. 5000 and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500TM. Visit SkillSurvey at http://www.skillsurvey.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.