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This is part 6 of 7 of the “7 Traits Employers Value” series.
To review a bit, below are links to the previous sections of the series.
Over these past few weeks, I’ve been looking at 7 personality traits that are valued by employers in today’s uncertain world.
In the past most of us when we write our resumés focus on our hard skills. And in the past, this was OK. Even a good idea. But these days, when over a thousand people can easily apply for the same job you’re applying for, only discussing hard skills no longer creates a distinctive value proposition for your candidacy, so that you can be seen as unique.
Historically, our hiring systems can seem to be “off” these days. One of the issues believed by employers and searchers alike is that “hard skills” are the traits that make sure the company runs at it’s best.
WHAT? HARD SKILLS DON’T MATTER?
And yes, someone needs to have the appropriate technical skills to do specific jobs. But I believe it is 7 “soft” personality traits that make the company go ’round. Employers value these 7 traits.
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Remember that it is the way you do what you do that counts most for what employers value today. No matter your role in the company, everyone is in sales at some point in the company’s existence. Anyone that ever deals with a customer, a future employee, or even a colleague is an ambassador for the firm’s culture and values.
In the past, we seem to have – all of us – inadvertently downplayed the importance of the 7 personality traits that employers now value.
THE 7 PERSONALITY TRAITS
Here is a list of the 7 personality traits employers value most – especially in “hot” situations (to review previous posts, their headings below are actually links to those posts):
- Someone that actively listens and communicates well (diffuses conflict)
- People with emotional intelligence (EQ), and know how to manage their own emotions
- Patient people (humble people)
- “No Drama” folks (also see numbers 2 and 3, above)
- People that can manage themselves
- Employees that can focus on a task
- Team members that can practice self-care during the workday (and be more effective as a result)
Here’s number 6 of 7:
7.6. Employees that can focus on a task
According to <https://www.thesaurus.com>, some other synonyms for “focus” are concentrate, fixate, centralize, converge, pinpoint, and spotlight.
While this sub-topic may seem easy to understand, I’d like to float a couple of thoughts for you to chew on.
Focus doesn’t just mean to do something at the expense of all other tasks and inputs, but it does mean that you are able to set aside all other attention-grabbing devices (Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, the laundry, dishes, vacuuming, etc.) so to complete something with adequate to good results.
Especially now in the days of WFH.
Through some not-so-statistically-significant research, many people miss the days of being able to congregate by the water cooler to chat with colleagues. Others say they get much more done with the lack of interruptions, that the WFH option is their preference. WFH also saves them commute time and gas money, so that’s a good thing.
Others have people-management roles, which makes being at home a tougher row to hoe. These people would prefer to be in the office to be available to their people should a question arise. Valid, too.
Yet others think that a hybrid option would be the optimal solution. Let me work 2 days from home each week, and 3 days in the office. Some employers may allow that in the future after COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror, some may not.
Point of the post
Are you able to focus on your tasks regardless on where you are physically working? If not, then you should take some time and learn how to do that.
If you can, good for you! You are a responsible, desired individual in today’s job market!
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