5 traits employers really want younger workers to have

Curious as to what skills you need softskillsto score your first job? Here’s a hint: It’s not PowerPoint, Excel or Photoshop. A new survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that employers care more about “soft skills”—such as integrity, reliability and teamwork—than they do technical abilities like reading comprehension and mathematics.

That’s not surprising, says Kathy Robinson, founder of Boston-based career coaching firm TurningPoint and former entry-level recruiter. “Hard skills can be taught,” she says. “Employers are more concerned about whether a job candidate has the right attitude and work ethic.”

Here are the five skills employers say they value most in younger employees—and what you can do during a job interview to prove that you’ve got them.

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