How companies choose their employees in 2017 – JobTrends 2017
Thanks to the study JobTrends2017, we get a great insight on what companies and personnel managers expect from a candidate.
The CV leaves the first impression
“On average recruiters spend less than 2 minutes in the selection phase, so give yourself every chance of success.” Andy Gugenheimer in Want to work in the sports industry?
- the final grade
- language skills (a foreign language is a big plus)
- in non-english companies: english skills
- work experience, i.e. internships or part-time jobs
Don’t be scared if your final grade isn’t perfect: Companies prefer work experience over flawless marks.
Still, this doesn’t mean the letter of moviation doesn’t matter. More than 70% of the personnel recruiters make their decision based on your cover note. Important: Keep it individual, no copy-pasting.
Even though, more and more companies accept an application without a photo, 82% are still convinced that it completes the application
Soft skills matter
Let your application speak for yourself. It shouldn’t only show your experience and hard skills, but also your personal qualities. Soft skills are crucial critera for every job. Personnel recruiters want to see your
- communication skills
- team spirit
- performance orientation
- willingness to learn
Just to name a few. All of these are important for 90% – 100& of all companies.
Economics, IT or Engeneering? What companies are looking for
The study asked companies from different industry sectors (automotives, banking, chemistry/pharmaceutical, consulting, trade and IT) for their desired studies. Overall, the most looked for candidates are economists. But also IT and engeneering graduates have great job possibilities in all sectors.
Of course, this differs a lot regarding the business. In chemistry and pharmaceutical the most looked for employees were scientists – next to engineers.
The study by Staufenbiel: Further information
The questions also concerned salaries for career entries and internships, as well as contracts, possible benefits and more. If you want to know more about the desires of companies in 2017, you can find the whole JobTrends 2017 report to download here.