NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Hiring managers are looking for a positive attitude, communication skills and a team player — but not so much liberal arts degree.

That's the finding of a new study released by Gen Y research firm Millennial Branding and career site Beyond.com. The research found while employers say they are stressing good communications skills in hiring, only 2% say they are actively hiring those with liberal arts degree — despite the fact that those graduates are typically more focused on communication.

The stats didn't seem to come as a surprise to the job seekers taking part in the study, as most seemed well aware of the plight of liberal arts grads. Nearly half believe there are "no jobs" out there for those with such a degree.

"In the current economy, majoring in liberal arts won't yield good job prospects, so you have to pair a liberal arts degree with business courses in order to become a more appealing candidate," said Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding.

"Students have to up their game by being prepared for interviews, presenting their best self and matching their work style with the right company culture if they want to successfully find a job," Schawbel added.

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The researched showed 42% of those surveyed felt "cultural fit" was the most important determining factor when making a new hire. And while a college degree still plays a big role in securing that coveted job, it may be secondary to an applicant's personality.

Nearly a three-quarters — 73% — of hiring managers felt colleges are only "somewhat preparing" students for the real world. Also, many hiring managers are unimpressed with how many people approach interviews, with 36% saying candidates are "unprepared" and 33% saying candidates display a "bad attitude" when interviewing.

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"You hire a person, not a resume – college graduates need to take this into account as they prepare for their career," said Rich Milgram, founder and CEO of Beyond.com. "Corporations are looking to make a long term hire, preferably individuals that are flexible and can work well in a team environment."

Recent college grads need to remember that there is still one test left – the one-on-one interview.

"It is important to study a company prior to the interview, show them your passion and present yourself in the best possible light," he added.

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While academic success was helpful, nearly two-thirds of hiring managers would still consider a candidate who hadn't even attended college.

The survey also indicates that despite 71% of all generations paying their way through college, 31% of job seekers said a degree isn't worth the cost. More than 40% said it's going to take four or more years to pay back student loans, and 53% said colleges should be accountable for getting students jobs. One-third of all generations would have rather started a business than attended college in the first place, and 59% said that college doesn't prepare students for the real world.

Schawbel said it's Gen-Yers who are most likely to think college actually does prepare students for the working world, with 48% of those between the ages 21 to 32 answering affirmatively — while only 40% of Gen-Xers and 37% of Baby Boomers feeling the same way.

The survey also found the most popular way of getting a job today is through online job boards, with 53% applying to jobs through LinkedIn, followed by 19% through Google+ and 10% through Facebook. Only 2% say they have gotten a job from the more old-fashioned career fair.

--Written by Chris Metinko for MainStreet