How to be a standout job candidate

Going back to school is a great way to sharpen your skill set — and gain vital experience in the process

Adults who are having trouble finding good jobs or are unhappy with the line of work they are in should consider the state of their skill set. It is possible they lack the knowledge and skills that could make them stand out in the job market. If this is the case, it may be time for these individuals to consider going back to college so they can graduate and reenter the workforce as better candidates.

This could make a world of difference in the current job market, as there is a shortage of skilled workers, according to the results of a recent survey conducted on the behalf of Robert Half, a specialized staffing firm. More than 300 small business owners and managers were surveyed, and 60 percent said finding skilled workers was their greatest challenge when it comes to the hiring and managing of staff.

This particular finding reveals that many small business owners are unhappy with the quality of candidates currently available to them. If adult learners returned to school and took some time developing their expertise in a subject, whether it is business or nursing, they could transform themselves into workers companies would not regret hiring.

If individuals are unsure about what skills they should be developing over the course of their studies, there are a few employers are known to value. According to Quintessential Careers, communications skills, such as the ability to write, speak and listen effectively, are very important. In addition, computer and technical literacy skills are becoming increasingly crucial as businesses embrace new technology. Leadership, adaptability and problem-solving skills will also come in handy on the job.

Soon-to-be adult learners who want to know more about the types of skills they can develop in college should look to’s Adult Education Guide for the answers.