What characteristics do employers look for in job candidates?
“Things do not change; we change.”-Henry David Thoreau
When seeking a new job it is important to reflect on what employers regard as critical skills and characteristics of effective employees. Here are my thoughts on the subject of connecting. Look for ways to share stories about critical thinking, problem solving and achievements into your resume, cover letters and answers to interview questions.
1. Make a good first impression by being energetic and affable.
2. Demonstrate a learning and growth mindset based on actual examples of assertiveness, adaptability and flexibility. Show how you are open to new ideas and concepts, to working independently or as part of a team, and to carrying out multiple tasks or projects. 3. Dedication/Work Ethic/Tenacity. Employers want employees who love what they do and will keep at it until they solve the problem and get the job done. 4. Dependability/Reliability/Responsibility. There’s no question that all employers desire employees who will arrive to work every day on time and ready to work, and who will take responsibility for their actions. 5. Positive Attitude/Energy/Passion. The people who get hired are the ones with drive and passion and who demonstrate this enthusiasm through their words and actions. 6. Professionalism. Deals with acting in a responsible and fair manner in all your personal and work activities, which is seen as a sign of maturity; avoid being petty and confrontational. 7. Self-Efficacy. the ability to show that you believe in yourself, in your unique mix of skills, education, and abilities, and emotional intelligence. Be confident in yourself and explain the value of what you can offer employers. 8. Self-Motivated. While teamwork is always mentioned as an important skill, so is the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision. 9. The willingness to be a life–long learner. No matter what your age, no matter how much experience you have, you need to give examples of your willingness to learn and curiosity to explore new techniques and methods to get the job done. Jobs are constantly changing and evolving, and you must show an openness to grow, learn and deal with change.
Final Thoughts: Of course skills, relevant experience and personal values are the critical tools and traits you need to demonstrate in the interview, remember you biggest job is to connect with the person “other side of the desk” and unlock how you can provide a personal “win” for them by hiring you.