Work experience more important to employers than qualifications

11-08-2006

Relevant work experience is the most important thing to employers who are searching for potential new staff, a new study claims.

The report from the University of Hertfordshire investigated what employers look for in graduates and found that having relevant work experience topped the list, with 46 per cent of employers ranking it as one of the top three things they looked for.

Almost as important to employers was evidence of a good work ethic (43 per cent), while around 41 per cent said that a degree relevant to the job was one of the top things they looked for.

Surprisingly, the level of qualifications was found to be less important for employers when looking at graduates, with only 24 per cent saying they were interested in the class of the degree and only 14 per cent concerned about the reputation of the university. Less than seven per cent said they would be put off an applicant due to their grades.

Less surprising however, was the fact that correct presentation of CVs was a big issue for employers, with 77 per cent saying that they would be put off by a CV with spelling or grammar mistakes and 31 per cent deterred by a poorly-presented application.



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