Employability Skill required for Human Resource Graduates: A Literature Review


  • Samia Shabnaz Assistant Professor
  • Bohi Shajahan


Human Resource graduates, graduate employability, skill gap, employer


Purpose of the study: Educational institutions need to evaluate the quality of education not only to prepare their graduates for the labor market but also for accreditation authorities. Additionally, there is evidence that a significant portion of graduates wait several years before joining the employment market. Moreover, the primary cause of unemployment, in the eyes of companies, is the wide disparity between graduate-level skills gained at university and those needed by employers. Thus, this study focuses on determining the employability skills necessary for Human Resource (HR) graduates because graduates joining different professional domains require various sets of abilities.

Methodology:  In order to determine the essential competencies needed and the areas of mismatch, a total of 21 pertinent research on the abilities and characteristics of HR graduates were evaluated. The articles that were chosen were those that were published during the last ten years, had a high number of citations, and were relevant to the research topic.

Findings: The paper identified the most required skills for HR personnel, which includes communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to adapt, technical skills and comprehensive business knowledge.

Implications: This is a novel contribution to the body of knowledge on the employability abilities of recent HR majors. Students can use the article to better understand the demands of the labor market, and educational institutions can use it to rectify any gaps and adapt their curricula considering the discovered skill gap.

Limitations and Future direction: This study is limited to literature reviews which only identified the most researched skills using previous papers. Future quantitative studies can be developed to identify the skill set by taking into consideration the input of all stakeholders regarding graduates' employability.


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How to Cite

Shabnaz, S., & Shajahan, B. (2022). Employability Skill required for Human Resource Graduates: A Literature Review. AIUB Journal of Business and Economics, 19(2), 146–154. Retrieved from https://ajbe.aiub.edu/index.php/ajbe/article/view/133