While each and every job has specific requirements, there are some qualities that nearly all employers look for in all job candidates.
Sometimes called soft skills, these qualities aren’t always on the job description. In the minds of hiring managers and decisions makers, however, an ideal candidate should meet the following top 5 criteria. How do you measure up?
- You’re an effective communicator
Research conducted by Millenial Branding indicates 95% of employers value excellent writing and speaking skills. Be sure your emails, resume, LinkedIn profile, social media posts, phone and video calls, and in-person interviews show you’ve got this one covered.
- You’re a hard worker
Results from a Harris Poll and CareerBuilder survey show that 73% of employers look for candidates with a strong work ethic. Ditch the question about time off during the first interview.
- You’re a team player
The Harris Poll/Career Builder survey found 60% of employers value candidates who work well with others. When appropriate, consider saying “we” instead of “me” to describe past achievements.
- You’re ambitious and enthusiastic
Have goals beyond just getting the job. Employers want to hear how you’ll use your talents and skills to benefit the organization — now and in the future.
- You’re honest and ethical
Stick to the truth. Always.
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