Ashley Wilson
Posted May 8, 2020

10 traits your next employer wants!

With so many people out of work, it's hard to stand out. Here are ten traits that employers are looking for that you can demonstrate to give you a leg up with your competition.
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With millions of individuals out of work in the US, competition for available jobs is intense!

Employers are receiving hundreds of resumes a day and when faced with several equally qualified candidates, they look for certain traits to help them decide who to hire. They focus on the qualities that indicate you will be a great person to have join their team.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the top traits your next employer wants to see!

Communicator

This means that you are able to effectively and respectfully communicate with superiors, colleagues, and staff. They won’t have to spend time guessing what you mean because you will be an expert at sharing important information with employers and staff.

Confident

You are self-assured in your skills and talents, and you are willing to take on new challenges and risks. Employers want to hire professionals who are comfortable with themselves. These professionals know who they are and what they want. They are typically engaging but never arrogant.

Caring

You use your words and actions to help others without expecting anything in return. You are the person who asks how others are doing and truly is concerned! This is particularly helpful in customer service roles when employers will want someone who will treat their customers like their own. Plus who doesn't want to hire someone who cares about others?

Focused

You pay careful attention to detail. Employers look for those who observe and take in what is happening around them in the workplace as well as what is presented to them. They don’t want someone who is continuously having to be re-directed.

Responsible

You have good judgment and are able to make the right decisions. Every employer wants someone they do not have to worry about. At the end of the day, they know they can rely on you because you will get the job done right.

Problem-solver

You are skilled in finding solutions to difficult issues. Employers love individuals who can solve issues within the company because it means one less problem that they need to address.

Flexible

You go with the flow and when things change you can easily adapt and change as needed. Employers look to hire professionals who are flexible because those who are stuck in their ways tend to be more difficult to work with than those who can go with the flow.

Team-player

You care deeply about the success of the group or company of which you have been apart of. Employers are looking to hire those who work well with others, no likes or appreciates a co-worker who believes they are above everyone else.

TIP: Never directly say you are a team player during an interview because that expression is used too frequently. Instead show them by providing examples when asked a question.

Honest

You have a strong sense of integrity and value authenticity. Employers will always look for someone who is sincere and tells the truth. Make sure your resume reflects this as well.

Eagerness to learn

You enjoy learning new things to help better yourself and also those around you. Learning comes second nature to you and you enjoy it. Employers value those that actively seek to better themselves, so make sure to communicate that you enjoy learning new things. During the interviewing process, be sure to mention if you are an avid reader or you have taken classes online recently.

Before your next interview take some time to think of different ways you can demonstrate these traits by incorporating them into your #interview answers.

What will you say? Which stories or examples will highlight your traits? Don’t assume that your flashy smile will say it all for you and be sure to put it all out there!

Want to show off your traits? Click to add them here to your Jobcase profile!

Which trait(s) do you think are the most important to have?

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Mark Jorges

This post is somewhat true, but too general to be of much use to most people.

Certain occupational fields require specific skills set which trump any of these qualities.

In most of my recent interviews for Mental Health Counseling positions, employers were asking scenario-based questions which illustrate competency and experience as well as "best practice" measures.

On the other end of the spectrum, I can't see an employer for a labor/menial position caring much about "honesty" or "caring". They want to know whether an employee will show up to work, and actually "work" at work. It's actually that simple.

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Laura Turner

This is great, thank you for sharing!

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Margaret Hawkes

This is very helpful. Thank you for this information !

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Sandra Meyers

Exceptional companies require exceptional people with commitment. I like honesty, sincerity, fun and “Let’s get to work”.

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Melissa MacCrae

Thanks for this comprehensive list!

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Leslie Cook

All of the skills are important for success in this position.

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