The purpose of this study was to determine which academic and personal prerequisites potential employers consider essential in an entry-level job applicant as measured by a survey conducted among employers.
The instrument used in this study was designed to elicit specific information from area employers concerning the basic skills of entry-level job applicants considered most important by employers. The survey consisted of one-page questionnaire that listed four (4) general classifications: namely, basic job skills, general employment skills, people and social skills, and personal qualities and skills, which were established from information obtained during the literature review.
This study indicated that gaps existed between employers and students expectation on these employability skills. The gaps appeared to arise from lack of understanding. These findings have provided preliminary information necessary to begin closing the gaps.