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Do You Have The Top 5 Personality Traits Employers Notice First

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The job market has changed, as has its seekers, in recent years. Formerly, a job applicant might have carried a briefcase containing a resume, cover letter and a sandwich. Today’s job seekers carry iPads, business cards and trail mix. Because the technology has changed and changes every day, today’s job seeker will come to employers ready to display knowledge of said technology. Today’s business is based on communications and marketing, but time-honored characteristics will still be needed by employers.

The technology has boiled business down to a formula. Auto-responders on email inquiries, call centers and customer management software have turned commerce into a formula. Today’s job seekers will come to an employer acquainted with these facets of technology and with some experience managing them. What the job seeker needs, however, is to display some personality with which to handle the automatic, formulaic business tactics. That’s where the employer comes in.

Professionalism
The job seeker will enter the employer’s office well dressed, neatly groomed and focused. The customer base of the company will respond well to this type individual. S/he will be the first impression the customer sees when they come in. The job seeker will use a professional tone of voice with no slang or unnecessary verbiage. Some aspects of professionalism include:

  • Communications skills in listening, written and verbal communications
  • Assessment and analytical skills
  • Multicultural awareness and management skills
  • Interpersonal relations skills
  • Leadership or management skills

High Energy
Candidates with a bounce in their step and can’t-wait-to-get-started body language are what employers are looking for. Polite and professional are good to a point, but employers need to know their new employee is motivated and ready to rock. This translates to the customer base as someone who will do whatever it takes to help and make things right if they aren’t. Some of the characteristics of high energy are:

  • Positive attitude
  • Passion
  • Motivation

Confidence
No HR manager is going to hire a shy, diffident person or one with no self-confidence. The employer needs someone who believes in themselves, in their professional abilities and who believes in their future. To a customer, that translates as a comforting thing. An employer needing a confident worker will see these things as s/he walks into the office:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Dedication to hard work
  • A discernible work ethic
  • Adaptability and flexibility

Self-Starting
Most aspects of business today are given to telecommuters who work at home. This saves much in overhead, insurance and taxes. The employer, however, needs to know his employee is able to work without supervision and can take a project from beginning to completion with a few instructions and turn in quality work. This is what he needs to know:

  • Planning and organization
  • Problem-solving, trouble-shooting and reasoning
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Timeliness

Intellectual Curiosity
The new technologies that can take an employer’s business to Forbes’ Fortune 500 list needs to be understood and competently used by the employees. Those who scoff at “new-fangled” folderol have no place in today’s busy focused offices. Employers need to know their employees embrace technological innovations and have ideas to better the professional experience. Employers should investigate candidates’ understanding and use of technology to ascertain if they will be the right fit for the job.

Jack Stellas is currently working for an nj leadership training company. He enjoys offering training and providing different tips to help people become better leaders.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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