The Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Want presented an important result.
One of their questions asked employers to rate the importance of candidate abilities and skills on a scale from 1 to 5 where:
5 is extremely important
4 is very important
3 is somewhat important
2 is not very important
1 is not at all important
Ability to create or edit written reports (3.62) was ninth in the top ten and was rated 0.86 lower than ability to verbally communicate.
Another bar chart shows the results from the last survey, which I blogged about back in February in a post titled Verbal communication skill is the top ability desired by employers from new college graduate candidates in the NACE 2013 Job Outlook Survey. The same top five appeared there, but in a different order, and they were followed by the ability to analyze quantitative data.