These days, you need more than just an impeccable resume, relevant experience, good education and strong skill set to land a quality job. In the eyes of a potential employer, it’s not all about what you can do – it’s about how you do it and whether you can be consistent that matters.
When you apply for a job, you will probably already have a pretty good idea of what the employers are looking for. After all, the job description and requirements needed to land an interview are usually included in the advertisement for the role. But how do you distinguish yourself from the dozens, or potentially hundreds of other candidates who are your direct competition?
We’ve discovered the eight stand-out traits that are so valuable to employers that they just can’t say no to them. Better still, we are going to let you in on the secret.
All organisations want employees that embody the values of honesty and integrity and doing the right thing, even when no-one is looking, is a principle that impresses the hell out of bosses. This is particularly true for jobs that rely heavily on honour, ethics and moral principles, such as handling cash and/or merchandise.
Eagerness to learn
Employers are impressed by candidates who are willing to learn new skills pertaining to their current job and beyond it. If you think you know it all, you probably don’t, and an employer will almost certainly not be impressed!
A business is only as good as the people it employers, and your future employer will have to know that they can depend on you when they need you the most. Any employee who calls in sick a lot or is persistently late may be viewed as unreliable. Instead, be a loyal and dependable member of your organisation’s team.
Being flexible and easy to work with is a real bonus, as your employer knows that you have the ability to deliver in a range of situations. If you are in the market for new employment opportunities, the more flexible you can market yourself as, the more appealing you will be.
Are you willing to take charge when the going gets tough? Employers love workers who can show leadership in order to achieve certain company goals, especially when they step up to the plate without being asked. A great leader accepts responsibility and accountability, and this makes you a valuable asset to any team.
These days, multitasking is a crucial skill – both in our personal and professional lives. Although you might have one job title at work, you almost certainly have a multitude of different roles to fulfil. If you are a master juggler and can multitask like a boss, you are much more valuable to your organisation.
No employer likes a worker who is regularly late to the party – it smacks of a lack of dependability and respect. If you can promise punctuality, then make sure you do whatever you need to to deliver on it.
Whether it is with your co-workers, your bosses or your customers, the ability to effectively communicate simply cannot be overstated. There are a whole heap of communication skills beyond simply passing on information, including listening, writing, selling and negotiating, and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Poor communication leads to mixed messages, decreased productivity and a whole heap of avoidable stress, so do what it takes to get your skills up to scratch.