Skills and Strengths College Students May Not Realize They Possess -- and That Employers Love


College grads often do not realize the just how many skills and strengths you have developed through your college experience.


This article is one in a series excerpted by permission from How to Get Any Job with Any Major, Ten Speed Press, (c) Donald Asher. To reproduce, write to Donald Asher. Donald Asher, also known as "America's Job Search Guru," is the author of nine books on career-development issues.



Skills College Grads Possess

  • Analytical
  • Dramatizing ideas of problems
  • Communication
  • Advising people writing reports
  • Customer Service
  • Bookkeeping
  • Problem solver
  • Increasing productivity
  • Inventing new ideas
  • Displaying ideas graphically
  • Updating files
  • Analyzing data
  • Speaking in public
  • Confronting other people
  • Listening to others
  • Managing an organization
  • Handling detail work
  • Imagining new solutions
  • Supervising others
  • Running meetings
  • Teaching classes
  • Organizing people and tasks
  • Motivating others
  • Coordinating events
  • Finding information
  • Counseling people
  • Scheduling
  • Selling products
  • Office management
  • Handling complaints
  • Administering programs
  • Arranging social functions
  • Evaluating programs
  • Corresponding with others
  • Entertaining people
  • Dispensing information
  • Sketching charts and diagrams
  • Planning organizational needs
  • Collecting money
  • Compiling statistics
  • Editing publications
  • Raising funds
  • Setting up demonstrations
  • Meeting the public
  • Managing your own time
  • Interviewing people
  • Enduring long hours
  • Escorting VIPs on tours
  • Investigating problems
  • Persuading others
  • Delegating responsibility
  • Advertising/promoting events
  • Proposing alternate approaches
  • Interpreting languages
  • Preparing materials
  • Working under pressure
  • Working collaboratively with people with different backgrounds
  • Making decisions with incomplete information


Strengths Employers Love

  • Enthusiastic
  • Happy, cheerful countenance
  • Eager to work long hours
  • Confident
  • Desire to advance
  • Sincere, authentic
  • Willing to learn
  • Assertive, forthright
  • Curious
  • Tactful, diplomatic
  • Willing to relocate
  • Friendly
  • Flexible
  • Responsible
  • Punctual, reliable
  • Take initiative
  • Energetic
  • Persistent
  • Able to discuss ideas and options without being defensive
  • Interested in organization as a whole
  • Willing to pitch in wherever needed



This material is adapted from Principia College Career Camp, Donald Asher, Asher Associates, and is a companion piece to a series excerpted by permission from How to Get Any Job with Any Major, Ten Speed Press, (c) Donald Asher, used with permission. Donald Asher, also known as "America's Job Search Guru," is the author of nine books on career development issues, and is a contributor to WSJ online at and, NACE Journal, San Francisco Chronicle,,, and similar. He is well known to career services staff nationwide as a speaker and consultant on hidden job market and self-directed search issues. He is the keynote speaker for the Career Development Series of national teleconferences sponsored by the University of Tennessee. He presents at over 100 colleges and universities annually. His books of interest include How to Get Any Job with Any Major, Asher's Bible of Executive Resumes, The Overnight Resume, From College to Career, and Graduate Admissions Essays. When not on the road, Asher divides his time between San Francisco and Northern Nevada.


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