While the hard skills you need are going to vary by industry, certain soft skills are usually prized by managers across the board in a wide variety of fields. Four of the key character traits that most managers look for in employees include:
- High levels of emotional intelligence (EQ). If you are emotionally intelligent, you will make a better employee. When you can understand and empathize with others and how to make personal connections, you will be an asset in any business. Your high EQ can help you connect with clients, become a company leader and work well with your co-workers to accomplish company goals.
- Organizational and time management skills. No matter what field you work in, you will likely face time management challenges at some point in your career. Managers want to be able to count on you to prioritize and use your time effectively to get things done.
- The ability to work on a team. Teamwork is vitally important in a huge number of different industries. Managers want to hire staff members who will step up to the plate to make a group effort a successful one. If you cannot work well on a team, you could derail an entire project… but if you are a good team player, you can enhance your co-worker’s efforts to accomplish great things.
- Intrinsic motivation so you can be a self-starter. While managers should be giving candidates direction and setting the agenda, no manager wants to have to micromanage everything that staff members do. Companies like to hire people who want to succeed and have career aspirations. Being able to self-motivate is an important trait because it suggests you will do more than just the minimum necessary to get by. Companies want you to be an asset and you are more likely to become one if you clearly care about the job you are doing.
If you have these skills, you should be able to land a great job. SmartTalent can help you to find your perfect position in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Give us a call to find out more about how we can help you.