Everybody wants the “employment edge.” Everybody wants that little something that will compel an employer to choose them over everybody else.
However, what are the things that employers want?
Let’s say you’re competing with somebody else for a job, and the hiring manager likes you both equally. What will give you the edge you need? What qualities must you possess to land the job over the competition?
Below are five traits that make you more attractive to employers:
Nobody likes negative energy, and people who complain or who are naysayers produce negative energy. However, when you have a positive attitude, people are attracted to you. They want to be around you, and if they want to be around you, then there’s more of a chance that they will hire you.
Somebody with an easygoing personality is usually considered a better employee and co-worker. Sure, you need to be proactive, offer ideas, and in some cases be assertive. That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to be combative or force yourself on others. Strive to create an atmosphere of collaboration.
#3—Expertise in a certain area
When you’ve acquired expertise, people depend on you to help them in that area. It’s been said that if you spend one hour per day on a particular activity, then you’ll become an expert at that activity after a year. In what areas would you consider yourself an expert? Are these areas that a potential employer would consider to be valuable?
#4—Eagerness to learn
No matter who you are or what you do for a living, continued professional development is a must. You can always become better, and companies want employees who want to become better. Even if you’re an expert in a certain area (see #3), that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and growing.
#5—Willingness to do whatever it takes
What’s the bottom line when it comes to just about anything? Results are the bottom line. Organizations want results, and they want employees who put a priority on achieving those results. They also want employees who put team goals ahead of individual pursuits. One for all and all for one (without the swords, of course).
How many of these traits do YOU possess? Which of them have you exhibited during your job search? During a face-to-face interview?
Are you in the midst of a job search or ready to start one?
Time Staffing Inc.