11 Modern Skills Every Fortune 500 Company Is Secretly Looking For In Fresh Grad Applicants

Jordan Cueto | March 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm

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Finding work after school is one of the biggest fear of anyone graduating. With news about employment taking huge dips, it’s now far more important to recognize key skills that will make you standout. Here are the top skills every top-tier company expects from their applicants:


  1. In-depth Knowledge in Productivity Tools

It might seem obvious that a bare minimum of Microsoft Office skills is required to function properly in an organization. However, just the basics is not enough in today’s digitally disrupted world. Microsoft Office is now an integrated experience between apps that all serve a single purpose: to focus the company’s collaboration and communication efforts under a single platform.

For fresh graduates, if your school does not provide an in-depth learning for O365, it would be wise to brush up on the latest skills and gain basic knowledge on how modern workplaces operate under Microsoft’s new offering: M365. It is your O365 with deliberate security features to ensure data privacy and safety within your organization. Features you should master to make that transition to the workplace seamless are:

  • Microsoft Office Online (Office, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Planner

Just learning the basic integration among these tools will give you a huge boost in the interview.


  1. Creativity Under Pressure

We live in a fast-paced world but at the same time we need a breathing room of ideas. We are at a time where creativity and soft skills are now far more important than ever. With that said, there’s also the reality that organizations and businesses are in a race, putting great pressure on employees.

Fresh graduates should learn how to hone creativity and handle pressure. Finding a balance between these two will prove to be one of the greatest assets in a digitally disrupted world.


  1. Collaborate Globally

A decade ago, the rise of BPO industries paved the way for talents interacting with a global audience. Nowadays, industries are taking it to the next level by introducing collaboration throughout the whole company on a global scale with tools like Microsoft Teams under Office 365. Adapting fast is key in this aspect as your workmates are no longer limited by local, language, or even culture.


  1. Basic Coding Skills

Nowadays, basic coding skills or at least a decent grasp of it is almost essential for any fresh graduate aiming to work for modern corporations. Many tools and platforms nowadays are deployed digitally and a bit of knowledge on the concept of coding and programming would prove invaluable. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend too much to get the basics A good video or two will probably be enough to at least scrape the surface. If you want to take it further, Tech One Global,  a leading solutions integrator, is offering a basic course! More details will be revealed in the future.


  1. Internet Savvy

You can finally put the hours you’ve spent on Twitter to good use. Organizations nowadays often utilize social and digital platforms not only for marketing but also for research, collaboration, and networking. Being comfortable in the world wide web is essential, plus points if you involve yourself in online communities and have a bit of knowledge on the “language” of the internet.


  1. Gadget Freak

Another coincidental benefit of staying too much on the internet. Being at home with technology especially mobile phones is now a huge advantage in the workplace. With mobile adoption rates rising higher every minute and many companies opting for mobile options on their apps and platforms, being at home with using your phone for work will be a key trait in the coming disruptions.


  1. Community Involvement

Back then there’s your extracurricular organizations. Nowadays, the world is virtually open when it comes to communities. Involving yourself in different internet communities like forum boards, social media groups, and chat channels is now a boon in our fast-paced world.

Big tech companies like Microsoft and gaming giants like Blizzard even support their own boards and often visit Reddit to engage in simple AMAs. Even Blockchain, one of the rising technology nowadays, primarily focuses on communities for their projects. Communities are the primary source of the hottest news and insights, use them to their full potential and you can be sure that you’ll see every innovation that will come your way.


  1. A Degree of “Tardiness”

Nope we are not kidding. Bill Gates even said that he will always “hire the lazy person to do a hard job” with the justification that the lazy person will find an easier way to do the hard job. This is often true especially with industries that focus on developing QOL applications. Find a balance between creative solutions and workload management. The greatest innovations come from the need to find an easier way after all. Work smart, have that passion to innovate. That’ll bring you to greater heights in your career.


  1. Empathy

It’s no longer enough that a company’s solution is the cheapest and most effective. Consumers nowadays have many options and the definition of value is getting blurry minute by minute. This is where empathy comes in. A good employee knows the pain points to address just by talking to a person, this ability is very useful not only for the company but for your co-workers as well. Remember, your clients and officemates are and will always be humans (or in Tech One Global’s case, puppies. We love puppies in the office).


  1. Comfortable with working anywhere

Organizations are dynamic. One moment you’re doing work in the office, the next moment you’re on your laptop on the way to the airport. Fresh grads should frame their minds to work no matter what the environment is because it’s highly likely that you will be traveling a lot. Given how interconnected the whole world is now, you might find yourself booking a flight to Japan just to attend a business meeting.

Thankfully, this is exactly what Microsoft is addressing. With powerful security and collaboration tool M365 (Microsoft 365) , you can have office anytime, anywhere. If you’re school still has not invested in it, drop in that suggestion and empower your organization to develop future-ready graduates.


  1. Thirst for Knowledge and Risk Takers

Note the word “thirst.”

Your professors might tell you to keep honing yourself even outside school. We say that it’s not enough. You must put your knowledge into taking risks. Knowledge not utilized will stay stagnant. Enter safe and calculated risks in your career whether it’s taking up a certification or exploring a new emerging technology. Shape yourself as an employee and a person that craves knowledge and the thrill of risks, not because of the rewards, but because it’s in your nature. This mindset is what separates winners and losers in the digital curve. There will always be losers with innovations, don’t be one of them.

To keep yourself updated just stay tuned to Tech One Global. We’re here to guide you.


Click the link below to know more about Microsoft 365 for Education:
M365 for students


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