You’re looking for a job. Somewhere within your community, Horizon Goodwill Industries can match you with an employer looking to fill a job you want in the field you’re interested in. But, how do you impress that employer and turn your desired job into a paid reality?
Employers are looking for qualities that will help the business be successful. By proving to them during the interview process and, even more so, once hired that you have the skills they need to succeed, you’re assuring them you will be a great addition to their team. Consider these five qualities employers are looking for in their workforce.
- Reliability: Employers want to hire professionals they can count on. They don’t want to waste their time with someone who fails to show up to work when scheduled or exaggerated about their skills on their résumé. Always be on time or early, do the work you are hired to do to the best of your ability, be honest and have the company’s goals as your guiding light.
- Proactiveness: Employers won’t hire people who need handholding or praise to complete simple tasks. They want to hire employees who can see what needs done and do it without asking. Prove to the employer that you take initiative at work. Don’t wait to be told to do your work or complete an assignment you know needs done. Offer suggestions at appropriate times, and prove your motivation and self-reliance through your actions.
- Good Communication: By far, employers want workers who listen well, think before they speak and write effectively. Active listening skills and knowing how to say what you mean when you say it prove your strength and clarity when communicating your ideas. You can demonstrate your communication skills during the interview, on your application or through experiences.
- Strong Work Ethic: Employers hire people who work hard and work smart. This means learning the most efficient ways to do tasks, and being professional, diligent and caring about the work you do. Complete your work on time, and pay close attention to details and quality. Proving that you go above and beyond what is expected of you improves your chances of getting a job and keeping one.
- Good Attitude: A positive attitude is an essential quality employers look for when hiring. No matter how skilled you are, an employer won’t hire you if you’re rude, negative, volatile or extremely sensitive. The employer should envision working with you every day and that you wouldn’t be discouraged by setbacks. Encouraging and brightening others’ day is a priceless skill any employer would be impressed by.
Are you applying these qualities in your work and other areas of your life daily?