If you’re struggling to stand out, it might be time to take it personally. Although it can seem like work experience, knowledge, and qualifications are the only things an employer is interested in, your personality also plays a big part in your suitability for the job. And even if you match the job specifications perfectly, not drawing attention to your essential attributes could be holding you back.
To make sure you’re highlighting your attributes as well as your skills, here are five personal attributes most valued by employers:
- Confidence – Having the right skills and experience for a role is essential – but it isn’t always enough. Employers also want someone who can prove their abilities, and follow through with their claims. After all, if you’re not sure of yourself, how can they be sure of you? So when it comes to an interview, always be confidence with your skills and abilities whether it’s by providing examples to prove your skills or by maintaining eye contact and a firm handshake. And remember: it’s not just about what you say, it’s also about how you say it.
- Proactivity – Do you wait to be told what to do, or do you lead by example? Proactive workers are people most employers are looking for. After all, they don’t always have the time to monitor their employees 24/7, so a team of quick thinkers with a high level of initiative is key to a smooth-running workplace. Luckily, there are a few ways to demonstrate proactivity. Asking about the kind of work you’ll be doing and referring to the job description wherever possible is a great way to demonstrate proactivity. It’ll also show you’ve thoroughly prepared, and are passionate about what the job involves.
- Adaptability – Change is a natural part of business. Not only will employers be looking for someone who’s open to that, they’ll also want someone who can be flexible and adaptable in their work. Whether this means you help in different departments or take on extra duties. Adaptability is vital in almost every workplace. This doesn’t mean you have to be totally against routine and familiarity. It just means you need to show you’re open to new things and willing to expand on your knowledge.
Resilience, and positivity, are also two important attributes to put in practice. If you think you have these attributes, improve on them even more and see the difference. And remember to always be yourself. Never try to be someone who you are not, as consequently, it will eventually become obvious.