Ever wondered exactly what it takes to land the job of your dreams? While the skills that employers value will differ depending on what industry you are in, recent data shows that there is one key skill that is equally valued across all industries – writing.
According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, of all the skills desired by modern employers bringing on board millennials, a candidate’s ability to write well is one of the most important skills that employers look for.
The research found that 73 percent of employers view candidate’s with strong written communication skills positively, with good team work skills and strong leadership skills also ranking highly on the list of desired employee attributes.
According to founder of Basecamp, Jason Fried, hiring employees who have strong written communication skills will generally always pay off and that’s why business owners and managers look so favourably upon these candidates.
“If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. [His/her] writing skills will pay off. That’s because being a good writer is about more than writing clear writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. They make things easy to understand. They can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. They know what to omit. And those are qualities you want in any candidate. Writing is making a comeback all over our society…Writing is today’s currency for good ideas,” he wrote in his book Rework.
So if you are looking to take a step up in your career or launch into your dream job, brushing up your writing skills could very well be your ticket to success.