7 personality traits employers value. Part 1 of 7 [Career Coach]

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Most of us, when we write our resumés, focus on our hard skills. Today I’m going to look at 7 personality traits that are valued by employers in today’s uncertain world.

Our hiring systems can seem to be a tad off these days. One of the issues believed by employers and searchers alike is that “hard skills” are the personality traits that make sure the company runs at it’s best.

And yes, while someone obviously needs to have the appropriate technical skills, it is 7 “soft” personality traits that make the company go ’round and ’round. It is the way you do what you do that counts most for what employers value today.

3 different people working on a problem together: a young black man, a middle-aged white woman, and an older white man. This represents 3 of the 7 personality traits employers value.
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What happens when there’s a customer emergency? What happens when that customer has gone off of the deep end for (apparently) no reason? What happens when your employee feels slighted in their job review? What happens when people need to work cross-departmentally?

What happens when you review a job posting, and you seem to have all the “i”s dotted, and the “t”s crossed, yet you don’t even get an interview?

What happens when you get interviews, but you don’t get the job; after several attempts with different companies? Have you ever heard of people being hired for a job they were seemingly unqualified for? And to make matters worse, you were better qualified, and you didn’t get the job? Some people call this “getting the right person on the bus, and then finding the right seat for them to occupy.”

The personality traits

Here is a list of 7 personality traits that employers most value in “hot” situations:

  1. Someone that actively listens and communicates well (diffuses conflict)
  2. People with emotional intelligence (EQ), and know how to manage their own emotions
  3. Patient people (humble people)
  4. “No Drama” folks (see numbers 2 and 3, above)
  5. People that can manage themselves
  6. People that can focus on a task
  7. People that can practice self-care during the workday, and be more effective as a result

Let’s look at those one at a time, over the next few episodes.

1. Active listeners

What, you may ask, is an “active listener?”

Simply put, most of us listen with the intention of figuring out what we’re going to say when the person we’re chatting with is done speaking (or we interrupt them). We don’t really hear and understand what the other person has to say. We want to sound intelligent, so we try to figure out how to “top” them in our response. We really want to get our point across.

Of all 7 of the personality traits I’m going to cover in this series, I believe this one holds the most value to employers, for a number of good reasons.

Active listeners ingest what the other person is saying with the express intent of finding out how the speakers’ points may make sense to them, even if they don’t make sense to the listener.

Especially if those concepts don’t makes sense to the listener.

An active listener asks follow up questions to better understand the speaker. When a speaker is understood, many times that’s all it takes to diffuse a conflictive situation.

Also remember that, each person that you meet on this little blue marble we call “earth” has a different set of life experiences than you do. Given that, they’ll know something about some concept we’ve never heard of. From them, we will learn if we try hard enough.

The point of the post

For those that have heard of Dr. Steven R. Covey, his Rule number 5 is his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” says:

“Seek first to understand, then be understood.”