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4 Qualities Employers are Looking For in a New Employee

When you’re in the market for a new job there are certain qualities that employers will be looking for that are very important. These assets and abilities will make you stand out in their eyes and, if you lack them, make you stand out even further but in a negative way.  What are these qualities?  That’s a very smart question so let’s take a look at them.

Of course the main quality that every employer is seeking is someone that can do the job. If you can demonstrate to an employer that you have the skills and know-how necessary to perform the job you are applying for they will of course be more apt to hire you once your interview process is over.  This may seem a bit obvious but the reality is that many people apply for jobs that they aren’t qualified to do and, if that’s you, you may need to reconsider which jobs you will apply for.

That being said, being able to do the job well is also important.  Let’s face it, there are probably a lot of people that have the same qualifications as you and the same skills but won’t be able to do the job as well as you can for various reasons.  When entering any interview make sure you have some examples of how you not only can do the job but will do it better, faster, and/or more efficiently that the rest. Show your new boss that you won’t just be a replacement but an upgrade.

Being able to ‘fit in’ at your new workplace is definitely something that an employer will be looking for when they are evaluating you. If, for example, you’re a pushy, opinionated loud-mouth who lets people know what you’re thinking no matter the toes you step on you might not fit in with a group of laid back guys and gals who like having a stress-free work environment. (The opposite of that example holds true also.)

Finally there’s the value that you add to the organization.  If you not only do your job well but are reliable, dependable and a leader your new employer will see you as not just an employee but an asset. If you can turn yourself into an asset there are few employers who won’t hire you.

There you have it. If you have these 4 qualities and let your employer know that you possess them you should have a much easier time finding (and holding onto) a new job.  Good luck in your search.

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