While education and experience might be a standard requirement needed to land a job, being a successful employee goes beyond the measurable factors. In order to demonstrate that you provide value to the company, it is necessary to show them the type of person and worker you are. Regardless of the position you may hold or the industry you work in, there are various traits that employers look for in an employee. By understanding and implementing the seven characteristics outlined in this post, you will be able to showcase yourself and open up the possibility for future opportunities.
By being able and willing to adapt to a variety of situations, you show management that you have the ability to multi-task, prioritize and work under pressure. Some potential situations where this could be demonstrated is working given a certain time frame, budget or error level. This a great opportunity to confirm to your company know that you ready for additional responsibilities.
Showing passion and enthusiasm for your work can go a long way in providing a pleasant work environment for everyone. A positive attitude is infectious. If you can come in on a daily basis with a smile on your face and are willing to meet the day’s tasks head on, it can provide a boost to others. This demonstrates a certain type of leadership that while very effective, is hard for most to accomplish. This could potentially open the door for management positions in the future.
Confidence plays a large part in the success of current projects and the opportunity for leading future ones. If you feel that you are able to take on new challenges, your manager will be willing to give you those chances. However, it is crucial to understand your limitations and to maintain humility. You want to make sure to avoid the fine line between confidence and arrogance.
Honesty and ethics should guide your workplace decisions. If you lack authenticity or integrity, you show a lack of respect to your co-workers and manager. These traits are necessary to establish a foundation for long-term growth at a company.
The ability to motivate yourself makes it easier on managers to focus on other more important things. If you have a high level of ambition, you will be much more likely to provide long-term success for both yourself and your company. This proactive approach to your job will lead to getting work done faster and better than before.
It is impossible to do work if you’re not focused or not physically there. By being reliable, in both attendance and in quality of work, your employer will view you as someone they can depend on. This will no doubt improve your chances for prosperity at the workplace.
A strong work ethic is one of the most valued traits by employers. By putting in the extra time or effort, you will be able to improve yourself and the company. If management is wise, this won’t go unnoticed and you will soon find yourself on the fast track to a successful future.
Knowledge and skills can be taught. While the “hard skills” are important, many employers are willing to take a chance on a candidate with the right attitude and perspective who might seem underqualified. Once you get the job, it is up to you to show them that the right choice was made, by validating the characteristics above and providing results.