It takes attitude – and then some, but yes you can!
Many think that employers hire only the most qualified person that meets every one of the qualifications they post in a job posting.
Not true in many cases and yes, true in many as well. I see over and over again employers making the decision to hire a person who may not have all the required skills because they see something else – attitude and other factors – that offset the lack of qualifications. It is the theory of “Hire for Fit – Train for Skills”. Fit to the job and to the culture of the company will define success much more than just having all the skills.
The results of a recent survey from Forbes Magazine on the Top Five Personality Traits that Employers Hire Most (http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/10/04/top-five-personality-traits-employers-hire-most/) built a strong case for hiring for fit over skills as the workplace changes.
What Employers Seek in Job Applicants
I have seen this emerging trend for a number of years and the Forbes research confirms this. Employers are looking for potential employees in a changing economy and their needs are different. In the Forbes research and article 88% are looking for fit to the culture & personality of an organization vs. just skills. This changes the whole way people communicate in job interviews, write a resume or make networking contacts.
The top five personality & cultural traits they are looking for are:
- · Professionalism (86%)
- · High-energy (78%)
- · Confidence (61%)
- · Self-monitoring (or self-starter) (58%)
- Intellectual curiosity (willingness to learn) (57%)
Your attitude and the way you carry and present yourself can “win” you a job.
Just give yourself permission to win – and you will!
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