No matter what industry you work in there are certain qualities that are universally appealing to employers. These qualities can help you land the job of your dreams, so make sure you communicate these on your CV and in person at an interview.
Here’s the top 5 qualities employers look for…
Clear communication skills
Everything you do in the workplace results from communication. Employers value individuals who are able to express ideas, opinions and strategies clearly, whether verbally or in writing. Listening is also an essential part of communicating, meaning you are able to retain information, assess it and respond effectively.
Ability to work in a team
A team that can work effectively and in harmony is exceptionally productive, which is good for any business. One of the benefits of strong teamwork is that team leaders become proficient at dividing up tasks so they’re completed by the most qualified people. When working in a team you’re working towards a common goal and when achieved this creates a feeling of camaraderie and shared success.
Employers are always looking for individuals that can gather information systematically to establish facts & principles, monitor trends and then solve problems. Analytical understanding can also apply to the commercial realities affecting the company and help mitigate risk whilst also optimising opportunities.
Motivation is a key driver within any workplace, without it you’re unlikely to succeed. Having self-motivation means you can work independently, freeing up your manager’s time and means you can be trusted to take responsibility for yourself and your tasks. The ability to motivate others is also highly sort-after as it improves team productivity and creates a positive atmosphere.
Being flexible with your workload not only benefits employers but it also benefits you. Those employees who are able to adapt to shifting priorities are considered a valuable asset as they are willing to put company priorities first. It also means you are able to accommodate the needs of the wider team and ultimately the priorities of the business. Taking a flexible attitude can also reduce stress and improve your own work/life balance.