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Five Qualities Employers Want
More than ever, employers want employees who can produce results! Here are five qualities employers seek in such employees.
1. Attitude. You hear a lot about folks with "an attitude". If you've got "an attitude", lose it! Employers want employees with these attitudes:
* "Can do" attitude
Smart employers hire for attitude and train for skill.
2. Process Thinkers. Doing your work well used to be good enough. Now employers need workers that both do their work well and think about how they do their work simultaneously!
Do you ever perform a task more than once? Do you do it the same way the second time? Shame on you if you do!
Think about what can be done:
Then change how you do it. Your employer will love you for it!
3. Problem Solvers. Face it, we consume someone else's product at work and produce a product for someone else. How well you manage the chain above you and support the chain below you effects how well the company works. Employers want folks who know how they affect everyone else's work and affect it positively.
Communicate clearly what you need from the folks who produce the product you use. Be receptive to the needs of the consumers of your product. You're all working to accomplish the same goal ? make the process as smooth as possible for everyone!
4. Emotional Intelligence. I rode the subway to and from work in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years. If I had a nickel for every conversation I overhead about bickering, uncooperative co-workers, I'd never have to work another day in my life!
Employers want employees who are:
Not Judgmental. Give your co-workers the benefit of the doubt. Focus on getting a result or solving the problem at hand. Ask yourself, "Do I know all the facts?" Judging puts you in an emotional quagmire. Don't go there!
Above Hearsay. In court, testimony is inadmissible unless the witness tells what he or she observed with his or her five senses. Don't repeat anything that you don't know first-hand. Build credibility by not taking sides or gossiping. Report only what you know! Don't speculate!
Don't Project. Psychologists tell us that we see our own faults in others' behavior. Know yourself and what you don't like about yourself, and then deal with it outside of work! Don't project it onto your colleagues.
5. Aligned with the Company. In their book, A Simpler Way, Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers posit that we gather in organizations to do work we can't accomplish alone. But we must make sure our personal life vision is aligned with the vision of the company.
If we can't support the company's vision, we withdraw our energy from the company and invest it elsewhere. Neither you nor your employer is well served if you can't support your employer's mission. Do your homework before, during and after your interview. Check the company website, it's annual report and anything else you can find about it. If you can't support the company's purpose, find one you can support!
Employees with results-driven attitudes, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, emotionally well adjusted and aligned with the company are worth their weight in gold! Figure out how to be this way yourself and employers will clamor to work with you!
Copyright 2005 by Fruition Coaching. All Rights Reserved.
Rick Hanes is a life and career coach, writer, outdoorsman, gardener and tireless advocate for living life with purpose and passion. He founded Fruition Coaching in 2004 to lead the fight against leading lives of quiet desperation. Check his website at http://www. fruitioncoaching.com to contact him about rekindling the fire of your life!
Using The Internet For Job-hunting
The Internet is a very useful tool for job seekers as it is a great source of information. Also, taking into account of a more wired world, getting online has never been easier. People can cost-effectively get Internet access in public libraries at broadband speeds. But with the fear of information overload, many job seekers do not fully utilize the many advantages of the Internet. This is never a good development.
Work Is A Four-Letter Word
I can hear the jokes already and most of them are not politically correct. Let me throw out a word that we often don't attach to work and yet I think it is a word of redemption, of contribution, of achievement, of community, and ultimately, of legacy.
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Job or no Job: The Certainty of Uncertainty
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Resume Writing Tips
Make sure that your resume is up to date with your latest job experience and educational accomplishments. Have a friend or relative evaluate your resume to see if it is clear, consistent, and fairly represents your skills and experience.
Common Résumé Mistakes
Using a general résumé.
Five Biggest Resume Mistakes You Can Fix Yourself
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The Inevitable Job Interview Question: ?Why Did You Leave (Are Planning To Leave) Your Last Position
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Resume Software ? The Hidden Pitfalls
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Old Hiring Foxes vs. The Hedgehogs
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The Last Minute Interview
Your breath catches in your throat - at last, an interview! Elated, you write down the time and place of the interview, who to ask for, say thanks, and hang up!
Job Interviews -- The Real Reasons Why You Need to Follow Up
Effective follow-up after a job interview is often a key reason why someone gets a job, even though there are other equally qualified candidates. Many candidates treat follow up as an optional add-on to their job search. That's just not the case.
6 Vital Tips For Creating A Superior Resume
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Dont Forget to Say, Thank You
One of the biggest mistake for job seeks is to not follow up an important interview with a thank you note to the people who interviewed them. Human Resources experts note that as few as 10% of interviewees take the time to say, "thank you." Let's take a look as why writing a thank you is the right thing to do and list some tips on how to write one.
Preparing For Your Job Interview: What You Need To Know To Be Successful
In the limited time an interviewer has with you, their mission is to know you and assess your worth, especially in relationship to the other candidates interviewed. Asking you questions is the way they accomplish that mission.
Interview Tips, How to Get the Job You Want
Enter into a state of relaxed concentration. This is the state from which great basketball players or Olympic skaters operate. You'll need to quiet the negative self chatter in your head through meditation or visualization prior to sitting down in the meeting. You'll focus on the present moment and will be less apt to experience lapses in concentration, nervousness, self-doubt and self-condemnation.
How To Find Your Dream Job
Here's the bottom line: many people work in jobs that aren't what they want or are less than they deserve.
Overcoming the 7 Roadblocks Women with Families Face Making Career Changes
Family is the driving force of our lives. You need family to support you and in most homes you need money to support your family. You work to support your family but you usually end up spending little time with them because of your 9-5 job. According to a Gallop poll 70% of Americans hate their jobs.
What Students and Parents MUST Know about Student Loans
A student loan helps you get through college. Then you come out into a high-paying career. It's a great investment in your (or your sons/daughters) future.
Assess Your Transferable Skills
One of the most important parts of a job search is assessing your Transferable skills. These are skills which you can use in other jobs such as: Communication, Information Management, Human Services, Managerial, Manual/Physical Labour, Personal Attributes, Organization.Often when people have been working in the same job for a long time, they become so accustomed to performing their duties that they fail to recognize the skills they have. It is beneficial to sit down and write out a list of all the things you do in a work day and all the things you do at home as well. It is easy to forget that skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, and organization which you use at home and in volunteering are skills that you can transfer and use on a new job. A benefit to this recognition of your skills is that you can come up with a variety of Ideas for jobs or places that these skills may be used. If you are currently unemployed and are having a difficult time with this, talk to some friends or a career/employment counsellor.Once you have determined where your transferable skills may be best used, you can work on some Productive Strategies to market yourself. This may be using your networking skills to gain access to some new employers, or it may be revising your resume to highlight your skills instead of your work history. It may also involve doing some volunteer work to expand your network by putting you in touch with people who might have other contacts you can use in your job search.
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