GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The graduating class of 2016 can look forward to a healthy job market as they enter the workforce and start a career. This is in contrast to the last several years when the job market was still recovering from recession and there was fierce competition among new grads for limited job openings. Ted Chalupsky, president of the employment placement firm, The Right Staff, joined the KARE 11 News at 4 to share some advice for job hunting grads.

Based on a 2016 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), here is some insight into what employers are looking for:

1. Critical thinking/problem solving – part of any job is being able assess problems and come up with solutions, regardless of skill or position. The employer will want to know examples of challenges you have dealt with and how you came up with solutions to create a positive outcome.

2. Professionalism/work ethic – the employer will try to determine how well you will represent their company and what you are willing to invest in order to grow the business. Be prepared to look, speak and act the part of what they are looking for. In other words, ask not what the company can do for you, ask what you can do for the company.

3. Teamwork skills – even in a company with just two employees, you need to be able to work as a team in order to move the business forward. Come to the table with examples of how you have contributed within a team environment to help accomplish the team’s goals.

4. Communications skills – being able to relate to and communicate with people from different backgrounds and perspectives is one of the most sought after skills in the marketplace today. This is a skill that has been fading with the increase of technology tools and toys. If you can demonstrate a proficiency for both technical and people skills, odds are you will be a person whose career will move quickly up the ladder.

And a final note - one of the best ways to close an employer on hiring you (and the three things any employer loves to hear from a job candidate), is to state the following:

-I'm hardworking

-I'm a quick learner

-I'm trustworthy

Be prepared to follow through on these three simple statements and the employer will start discussing the start date for your new job.