When employers are looking to hire job seekers for their open positions, they’re looking for people who have a particular skill set and a certain amount of experience. These skills and experience constitute tangible characteristics that translate into value for the employer.
However, employers are not only assessing tangible traits and characteristics when they consider job seekers. They’re also looking for intangible traits, because those also have the potential to provide value. And when you get right down to it, the reason that companies and organizations want to hire is because they’re in need of value. Most of the time, they’re in need of multiple forms of value.
However, unless you know what intangible forms of value employers are seeking, you won’t know which ones to emphasize during the hiring process. Because sometimes skills and experience are not enough to land the job, but they are enough when combined with the right set of intangible characteristics.
With all of this in mind, below are four intangible traits that employers want most in job candidates:
A positive attitude can take you a long way, and it can do so in a number of different ways. First, people are intrinsically attracted to those who are positive in nature. Conversely, they are repelled by people who are negative or pessimistic. So it would make sense that an employer would believe a positive and friendly person would be a better cultural fit for the company.
When somebody is positive and friendly and they’re also passionate about what they do, that’s even better! That’s because they bring a rare level of energy and excitement to their job and to the people working around them. Not only do passionate people complete their work and reach their goals, but they also “rub off” on their coworkers in a positive way.
Many managers do not like to micro-manage their employees, and they don’t have the time to do so, even if they wanted to. What companies want in new employees are self-starters who don’t need to be constantly supervised so management knows that they’re actually doing their work. (And of course, if you have passion for what you’re doing, then you don’t even have to worry about this.)
This might be the most important intangible trait on this list. That’s because your level of resiliency has a direct impact on your level of success, both personally and professionally. The key to being resilient is focusing on the opportunities that exist in the midst of your circumstances and not the circumstances themselves, especially if they’re negative.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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