Have you ever noticed that some job seekers find a job within a few weeks, while others have to wait for months to receive an offer? What is it that makes some people more successful than others? While we often assume that it is technical skills and experience that makes you stand out, it is the way that you conduct yourself at work that really matters. Here are five traits that successful candidates have in common:
They play well with others. An ability to work well on a team is probably the single most important determining factor of your success. Being positive, professional, and courteous to your coworkers allows everyone to do their jobs more effectively and makes the workplace a lot more pleasant.
They are problem solvers. Managers want employees who will take initiative and do what needs to be done. If you will make their job easier by coming up with solutions to the problems that you encounter, most managers would be happy to have you on their team.
They communicate effectively. Your ability to understand others and to make yourself understood is key to your success. This includes communicating with people in person, over the telephone, and by email. Pay special attention to your non-verbal communication, as it can sometimes be more important than what you are actually saying.
They are self-motivating. In today’s business world, nobody is going to tell you that you need to get to work. It is important that you have a strong work ethic and that you are productive during your working hours. Employers don’t want to hire people that they have to constantly monitor so that they are doing their job.
They manage their time well. Time management includes the ability to prioritize your tasks so that you meet all your deadlines. Your manager needs to be able to count on you getting your work done on time.
Since all of these traits relate to the way that you work, many job seekers make the assumption that interviewers won’t be able to recognize them in candidates. However, human resources professionals are highly trained and know the right questions to ask to assess your soft skills. If you have been making an effort to improve these skills, it will make you a much more attractive candidate in the employer’s eyes.
(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of 1shots at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)