According to Universum, a Stockholm-based employer branding firm, which surveys over 400,000 students and employers from across the globe, there are five traits that outshine the others. These are shown very clearly in the chart below which highlights; professionalism, high-energy, confidence, self-monitoring, and intellectual curiosity, as the top five traits being sought by employers. It is the view of the team that these traits are applicable to any job. Let’s consider what they mean, in practice:Professionalism. You do the job to the best of your ability, while dealing with people (colleagues/customers) graciously and courteously. Easy.High-energy. We’ve all met them. You know. No energy. No get-up-and-go. They almost physically drain you as you sit next to them. Now think of that person you know who is bursting with energy. Ok, so they might even tire you out a little, but think like an employer. Who would you want working for you? Someone with boundless energy? Or someone with none?Confidence. There’s always a delicate balancing act when we’re dealing with the topic of confidence. It doesn’t mean being arrogant and it doesn’t mean being shy and retiring either; it’s somewhere in-between. What is important is that you will be representing your company whenever you deal with other people and your employer will want to know that you can project a positive, confident and competent image of that company. Even if you aren’t confident, it’s a skill you can learn to project!Self-monitoring. This is an interesting trait that you should try to emphasise in your CV. It means that you are self-motivated. Not sure what that means? It means that if you arrived in work to find that your boss wasn’t there, you’d probably get on with the job anyway! As well as being able to work unsupervised, it also means that you ‘keep an eye’ on the progress you’re making with a particular job. Not only that, it also means that you take steps to remedy the situation if you are not making good progress. You can imagine how important this skill would be to an employer!
Intellectual curiosity. Being curious means that you’re interested in the company, how it works, its strengths, and where things could be improved. Think about a hobby you might have. Then think about a time when you met someone who had the same hobby and you got chatting about it. That common experience formed a bond between you both. It’s that bonding that you’re looking for when you write your CV.Do you agree with the list? Which of these do you consider to be your strengths? Any surprises? What changes do you now have to make to your CV to take account of this new information? Please use the comments area to share your thoughts with others.
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