Top 10 Skills that Will Help Get You the Job - Part 2
Everyone knows that work history and experience are vital to landing a job, but in today’s tough economy, hiring managers are looking for more. Often, what separates the candidate who gets the job from a sea of equally qualified candidates are abstract characteristics that are difficult to convey in a resume. Your best opportunity to show a hiring manager that you possess the qualities necessary to thrive in their company’s culture and become an asset to their team is during your interview. Hiring managers frequently identify top prospects based on their ability to exhibit key skills. Here we'll finish off our list of most sought-after skills among job candidates. If you haven't seen the first 5 skills in our list, check out Part 1 here.
6. Attitude and Personality
Organizations are only as strong as their weakest member. A single disgruntled employee can sabotage the morale of an entire company. Expressing your upbeat, optimistic personality will go a long way in the eyes of a hiring manager. Even more important, perhaps,
is conveying a sincere interest in the job for which you’re applying and excitement to workwith the company.
Simply explaining why you want the job for which you’re applying addresses this point. This is a great chance to show you’ve researched the company by citing specifics about why you’re interested in working there, such as their community outreach programs or their position as an industry leader. In your résumé, the words, and even the format you choose, will help to convey your personality. Be sure your résumé remains professional while providing the reader with a sense of who you are as an individual.
7. Organization and Planning
As businesses grow and take on new challenges, maintaining a solid understanding of requirements and objectives becomes an increasingly difficult and important task. Organizational skills are essential to daily operations and are, therefore, integral to the success of any project and department, as well as the company as a whole. You must exhibit the ability to stay aware of the big picture, and to plan beyond the task at hand.
During your interview, discuss how you successfully completed a complex project with multiple milestones and components to juggle. Be sure to offer specifics about the tools and methods you used to stay organized, such as sticking to a detailed schedule. On a résumé, highlight overlapping projects and the many responsibilities you handled concurrently.
8. Reliability and Loyalty
Showing you can perform is not enough to get the job. You need to demonstratethat you can perform on a consistent basis. It’s important to employers that their colleagues be reliable resources who can be trusted both to efficiently address daily responsibilities and to be a dependable team members.
This is the perfect opportunity to talk about how you went above and beyond to help out a coworker. You don’t have to be the type of employee who has never taken a sick day and works every weekend. In fact, be careful not to come on too strong by conveying you have no work/life balance and are a potential burn-out risk. Also, be careful not to talk badly about your previous employers. On a résumé, an important asset will be showing a solid tenure at past companies for a number of years, rather than bouncing around every few months.
9. Honesty and Integrity
Hiring managers know that unbiased information and clear facts allow decision makers to develop a sound strategy to address the challenges at hand. Furthermore, a workforce comprised of ethical professionals guarantees the company won’t soon be facing legal or PR disasters.
In an interview, be sure to give credit where it’s due and resist the urge to claim a project you completed as a group was a solo effort. Additionally, many companies post a list of standards or company ethics on their websites. It would be in your best interest to read and understand these before an interview. On a résumé, while you would likely never outright lie, be careful not to stretch the truth or exaggerate your accomplishments. This could prove embarrassing when more details come up during your interview, and it’s unethical.
10. Self Confidence and Pride
This skill is perhaps the most difficult to develop, but is one of the easiest for a hiring manager to observe. Your self confidence is reflected in the manner in which you make decisions, how you communicate, and your overall demeanor. Knowing your abilities and working to convey what you have to offer will go a long way. It’s also imperative that you know your shortcomings. Being confident in your weaknesses will show that you aren’t hiding inability, but rather welcoming the chance to improve. Remember, in both your résumé and your interview, you need to sell yourself as the best candidate.
There is a time and a place for addressing each of these ten skills. It may not be right to bring up each in every interview or within your résumé, but if you consider and prepare to address each trait every time, you will never be caught off guard.
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