3 Skills Employers Look for in Business Professionals

By Jessica Meyer
Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business 

Posted on February 22, 2016  in  [ Business & Management ]

If you are working on earning your business degree and starting to plan for the future, you may be asking yourself, “How should I prepare for a full time job? How should I present myself? What skills should I highlight to my future employer?”

Take a closer look at a few of the top skills employers are searching for in today’s business professionals.

Teamwork Skills

The ability to work efficiently in teams is a top skill employers are looking for in employees. When working in group projects for classes, be sure to identify your strengths, use appropriate communication and follow through with your commitments to your team. Recognizing and acknowledging your skills will help you describe your experiences and expertise to an interviewer. The collaborative learning community (CLC) projects at Grand Canyon University provide opportunities for students to practice conquering the challenges that professionals face in the collaborative workforce.

Communication Skills

Exceptional oral and written communication skills are highly valued by employers in today’s workforce. Consider taking advantage of communication classes to complete your elective credits. These classes teach you the necessary communication skills that employers are searching for in prospective employees. You will learn conflict tactics, intervention techniques and methods for communication research implantation. Make a point to spotlight these abilities during an interview.

Technology Skills

As the use of technology continues to grow in the workplace, the need increases for business professionals who understand how to use technology correctly and appropriately to improve their organization. GCU’s traditional classes use a combined classroom and web approach to help students become familiar with online etiquette and the use of several online programs. If you are interested in gaining a specialty in technology, GCU offers several technical business degrees such as the business information systems degree. Whatever degree you decide to pursue, be sure to pay attention to the ways technology is integrated in your studies and highlight your technical abilities to your future employer.

Learning and perfecting the skills that are in high demand by current employers will give you a competitive edge when entering the workforce. Contact GCU today to learn more about the knowledge and expertise you can gain through GCU’s business degree programs!

More about Jessica:

Jessica Meyer is a senior at Grand Canyon University. She was raised in Tucson, AZ, but recently moved to Phoenix to attend traditional classes at GCU. Jessica is majoring in marketing in the Colangelo College of Business. It is her first and last year studying at the main campus, and she wishes her time at GCU could last longer! She loves GCU so much, that she hopes to continue to work for GCU’s marketing department after graduation. When she’s not studying or working on campus, she likes to practice and perform with her dance team and spend time with her friends and family.

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Business Buzz is a business blog that features content written by faculty, staff and students from Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business. In addition to profiles about events, students and faculty on campus, you’ll also find great resources for online students or anyone interested in attending business school. Learn about the modern business landscape, and how business today continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of organizations and consumers in the 21st century. Check in every week for the latest news from the business community and around GCU.


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