At the end of 2014, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) released its annual Corporate Recruiters Survey Report . GMAC conducted this survey along with the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA). The resulting report reveals some enlightening information about communication skills.
New to the survey this year was a question regarding the most sought after proficiencies in new hires. The survey asked employers to evaluate both the skill set they found most important and the level of proficiency required to place candidates in mid-level jobs.
Across the board employers agreed: they desire strong communication skills. Communication skills make up the most important proficiencies when considering job candidates. Employers want recent college graduates who are competent in oral communication, writing skills, and listening abilities. In fact, the average surveyed employer ranked communication skills twice as important as managerial skills.
The demand for business students with graduate degrees is also rising. About 80 percent of companies plan to hire recent graduates with master’s degrees in Business Administration this year compared to 73 percent in 2013.
These trends also mirror global economic improvements. As the economy regains its footing, more companies are shifting focus from survival mode to improving performance and productivity. By hiring MBAs with strong skills in communication, companies can strengthen these goals.
Whether you hope to boost your personal communication skills or you’re a business owner seeking communication training for your staff, please contact Hurley Write, Inc . Our customized courses in business writing, scientific writing, technical writing, and other areas are an excellent investment to help you and your employees communicate better with each other and with your customers.
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