With labor markets tight in many areas of the United States, employees are in demand. But despite the pressure to hire, employers continue to seek candidates with certain attributes that help ensure success, productivity, and lower turnover. So, what are these in-demand attributes?
First, a candidate must have a strong work ethic, flexibility, and persistence with the ability to work hard, progress, and fight through setbacks or problems. Some call this grit and hustle. Employers are attracted to candidates who naturally possess and demonstrate these traits as they’re rarely “teachable” but are essential qualities of highly-productive workers.
Second, honesty, dependability, and transparency are important characteristics of a sought-after candidate. Candidates must display a willingness to be dedicated to the job, the organization’s mission, and be unwavering in their trustworthiness.
Third, a sought-after candidate will be able to work in cooperation with co-workers and effectively communicate. That means, a candidate is able to listen to others, absorb their observations, convey his or her own thoughts, and develop the best possible action plan.
Fourth, strong candidates will have the technical competency to do the job or at minimum, transferable skills that will allow them to quickly acclimate and be productive. Candidates must also have problem solving skills, natural curiosity, and a mindset and willingness to add to their knowledge base and skills.
A job seeker who demonstrates the traits of a highly sought-after candidate can move their resume to the top of an employer’s pile. So, think about these attributes and develop an intentional approach to articulating the ones you possess and strengthening those you lack.