Employers Want Great Employees

Employers are looking for many different qualities and traits when they are searching for just the right employee to fill a position in their company.

A hasty decision can be a costly one. Candidates may need to be interviewed several times so the determination can be made that they are a match not only for the position, but for the company as a whole.

Three of the key traits that employers are looking for in employees are:

  1. Someone who anticipates needs.
  2. Someone who is self-motivated.
  3. Someone with quality Core values.

Looking at this list, it really doesn’t seem like it would be a hard one to fill, but it actually is.

#1. Employers want to hire people who do not have “tunnel vision.” They want employees to be able to look around them and see what needs to be done, and then do it. If you see that the trash needs to be emptied, take it out; don’t wait for someone else to do it or for your employer to tell you to do it. It is about looking for and seeing the needs and then taking the initiative to do it. Employers want pro-active employees.

#2. Employers do not want to have to push their employees from behind to get them going; they want them to be self-motivated. Most employers understand that they personally cannot motivate employees. They can give them a good work environment to grow in but they cannot make them grow. This comes from within and not everyone is self-motivated. Employers have a lot on their plate and pushing and prodding their employees to move forward is not something that they have time to invest in on a daily basis.

#3. Core values can mean different things to different people. The main core values (and there are many of them) that employers seek for in employees are; reliability, honesty, loyalty, personable, teachable, leadership, compassionate, responsible and fun. This is quite a list indeed, but you can understand why an employer would be looking for an employee who possessed them all.

Far too often during the interview process candidates will say anything to sweeten the chance of getting the job, but once hired their true color comes out and employers are disillusioned wondering what happened to the person who told them that they were a real go-getter and could get the job done without any issues.

If you are fortunate enough to have a job remember this one thing; do the best you possibly can each day, working hard, smart and efficiently and remember you only get one chance to prove yourself as a trustworthy, loyal and reliable employee.  Don’t disappoint yourself or the person who gave you the chance to work for them.


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