Top five traits employers look for in an employee

As 2020 nears its end, many are still reeling from the pandemic which has led to the loss of lives, freedom, livelihood and jobs. But with all these talk of a vaccine coming very soon, hopes are up that the economy will soon return to normalcy. And for those who lost their jobs–and those who continue to search for employment, they recognize that competition will be tight to land a job. With that in mind, here are the top five traits employers look for in potential employees. (Well, as far as this employer is concerned)

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1. Communication skills

There’s no doubt that showing up neatly-dressed for when you apply for a job- or for that all crucial interview is important. But there’s nothing better than matching that good look with great communication skills. This is where you get to show your personality- and make that lasting impression on any employer. Good communicators are considered great employees because there’s no second guessing on what they can do and they are able to bring their ideas back and forth with any member of the organization.

2. Flexibility

The ability to adapt to any situation, challenge or need is a great trait to have as an employee. No smart employer would hire someone who will back out from a challenge or complain at the sight of a big task. Being ready to flex ones skills depending on the demand of a company is always a plus point for any applicant.

3. Confidence

A person who shows up with his or her head bowed, tripping on his words is really not a desirable hire from the get go. An employer is always going to look for an employee who appears sure of him/herself and is confident on what they can bring to the table. Why put responsibilities on someone who appears uncertain in the first place? Confidence will also enable an employee to express his goals clearly and will show the career path he wants to attain in a company.

4. Positivity

An employer will always look for someone who can bring in a positive vibe to the Company. Simply put, why hire someone who always seems like the weight of the world is on his/her shoulders? Someone who can potentially bring “darkness” instead of light in any organization is definitely a no-no in any employer’s book.

5. Problem-Solving Skills

An applicant who can present a solution to a problem is an asset. Rare do you find employees nowadays who will have a suggestion on how to address problems (as most will simply present them- and wait for the boss’ inputs). This actually reflects on how an employee can get his/her thinking process rolling and how dependable he can be when the situation calls for it.

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