IT Management Slideshow: IT Professionals Wanted, But Hard to FindBy Don Reisinger | Posted 11-04-2010
The most common characteristic companies look for in a prospective entry-level employee is "courtesy and respect," York College of Pennsylvania found in its survey of 520 HR professionals and business leaders.
"The ability to communicate, which includes listening skills," was the second most important characteristic companies are looking for in young workers.
Leave the Flip-Flops Home
Inappropriate appearance is the most common trait that business leaders do not want to see in a young professional, researchers found.
Business leaders and HR professionals believe that accepting "responsibility for decisions and actions" is the most important trait a young person should bring to the workplace.
Bide Your Time
The most common trait witnessed by employers in post-college job seekers was a desire to find "opportunities for advancement," researchers found.
Worry over maintaining "a balance between work and personal life" is the second most important consideration for post-college job seekers.
Where Are The Professionals?
One third (33.2%) of business leaders surveyed believe that the prevalence of professionalism has eroded in the enterprise over the past five years.
60% of hiring managers say a sense of entitlement has increased among first-year, college-educated employees in the past five years.
39.1% of respondents reported increased problems with IT etiquette among new employees.
40% of respondents believe that the diminished availability of jobs has helped improve the quality of available candidates.