7 Traits Employers Value Part 7/7 [Career Coach]

Posted on  by Don Oehlert in Articles



By: Don Oehlert
Managing Partner


This is part 7 of the “7 Traits Employers Value” series.

Over these past few weeks, I’ve been looking at 7 personality traits that are valued by employers in today’s uncertain world.

Close up photo of a woman working at her computer. This picture represents hard skills (vs. soft skills) in this post's discussion of the 7 personality traits employers value.
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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, over a thousand people can easily apply for the same job you’re applying for. If you are all only discussing hard skills, you no longer create 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.

I disagree.


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.


To review a bit, below are links to the previous sections of the series.

In fact, 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):

  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 (also see numbers 2 and 3, above)
  5. People that can manage themselves
  6. Employees that can focus on a task
  7. Team members that can practice self-care during the workday (and be more effective as a result)

Here’s number 7 of 7:

7.7. Team members that can practice self-care…

Many of us were negatively impacted by friends and family being extremely sick with the Covid-19 virus. We couldn’t visit our friends and family members who were in intensive care wards due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The exhaustion we felt wasn’t just physical but emotional as well. It took a great toll on our psyches, and frankly on our souls.

Let’s face it. The year 2020 really stunk. It was plain old exhausting. Does any of the following sound familiar?

  1. Helping the kids with their homework and their Zoom-based schooling.
  2. Being “on” for dozens of Zoom calls ourselves every week.
  3. Not being able to go out to a restaurant for a nice evening with our significant others.
  4. Interrupted sleep schedules.

Yes, it was just a tough year. And a time when the 7 traits would have been greatly valued.

Over 20 million people laid off, fired or furloughed. Wit many small business were crushed. These people were under extreme (undue and undeserved) stress.

Some of the companies that found themselves in the position of having to lay people off found that they were putting too many tasks on the plates of those remaining employees. Worse, those remaining employees were becoming even more tired from having to do all the extra work.

Add the constant river of bad news to the redundant bickering between our politicians, and well, 2020 was an exceptional year – and not in a good way.

Many of the things that we took for granted like going to sporting events, having movie nights (at an actual theater – remember those?), dinners with friends and family – and picnics. Even just a nice hot cup of coffee on the way to work in the morning from the local coffee shop.

Cases of domestic violence rose. Alcohol sales greatly increased. People became depressed.

Consequently, quality of work suffered.

All of these were interrupted. We were forced to find other ways to relax and destress. And many times, we couldn’t find anything to do instead.

Resiliency became a watchword like never before.

But enough of that

An article we read recently entitled “To be resilient, rest like an athlete” from the Nobl Collective, states that, and I quote, “In Order to be at the Top of Our Professional Game, we Have to Start Treating Rest and Recovery Seriously. Yes, as Seriously as a Professional Athlete.”

So in this final post of our 7-part series about traits employers value, we take a quick side trip to discuss how people should rest and recover during the workday so that they can be more effective at what they do when they do it.

This photo shows a dog sleeping. It is used to enhance the discussion of how we all need to rest to be able to perform at peak capability. This is the last of the series on the 7 traits employers value.
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What we gathered from reading the article was this – even athletes whom we would consider to be “driver drivers” and “Type A” personalities need their rest. in fact, if athletes begin to act like many of us in our daily lives, their coaches would actually tell them to go home and rest. Rest actively, but go home and rest nonetheless.

The coaches know this is the right thing to do because if they’re exhausted, they will not perform their best on game day.

The point of the post

During the 1980s we believed that working 60, 70, or even 80 hours a week was the way to get ahead. We now know this is not true – exhausted people simply cannot perform at their peak. Part 7 of the Traits Employers Value series says we need to find a way to take a few minutes everyday to rest – and get ready for our next meeting.

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