Landing a job isn’t all about skill and technical ability. Sure, that’s a large part of it, but employers are also looking for employees who possess certain intangible characteristics, ones that can’t be measured in terms of more traditional tangible traits.
These intangible characteristics all provide value to the employer. In other words, they help the company become more productive and contribute directly to the company’s bottom line.
Below are seven intangible traits for which employers look when they’re seeking to fill an open position.
1. Reliability—Employers want employees who can be counted upon in all ways, from showing up to work on time to upholding company regulations to simply doing what they say they will do.
2. Flexibility—Employees who are flexible are those who are able to more easily adapt to ever-changing circumstances. This includes the ability to do multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, often on the spur of the moment.
3. Motivation—Companies want employees who are pro-active in their quest to not just complete the tasks associated with their job, but also are looking to grow in their position. The status quo is not accepted.
4. Communication—Every organization suffers from a lack of communication at one time or another. That’s what makes employees with a penchant for effective communication so valuable.
5. Trustworthiness—Employees who exhibit reliability over an extended period of time are eventually viewed as being trustworthy.
6. Sense of humor—As a general rule, employees with a sense of humor are able to meet challenges and overcome obstacles more frequently. It also allows them to bounce back more quickly from setbacks and maintain high levels of productivity in the face of adversity.
7. Leadership—This is the “brass ring,” so to speak, in terms of intangible traits. Companies want employees who can turn into leaders and inspire and motivate others to greater levels of achievement.
When looking for a new job, keep these seven traits in mind. While your technical skill and expertise will definitely be considered in your quest for employment, your intangible traits might very well convince an company that you’re the right person for the job.
Time Staffing Inc.