Personality Traits That Will Get You Hired

Not everything that a hiring manager needs to know can be communicated on two pages, which is why it’s important to convey your full personality during interview. You can certainly hint at the below character traits on all your written documents, but it’s in a face-to-face environment that you’re really given the opportunity to bring them to life.

These 6 traits are critical to an effective job search:

  1. Multitasker

With growing competition in all the sectors, companies prefer to hire multi-tasking employees. This quality not only becomes plus point for the company but also enhances individual's job profile. Many a times businesses resort to cost cutting and have fewer employees who can multi-task. Hence being a multi-tasker can help you grab that job.

  1. Dedication and Perseverance.

Perseverance and stamina are paramount when searching for a job. Even under the best circumstances, the job search can be disappointing and challenging and requires persistence and daily activity. Don’t let the negative aspects of the job search affect your thinking and impede your activities. Focus on the small achievements and your successes during the process.

  1. Genuineness

Landing a job requires communication in the form of phone calls and screens, emails, applications, resumes, profiles, networking, business meetings and interviews. Making a good impression both verbally and written is often an overlooked skill but can be a “deal breaker “in landing the desired position. Hiring Managers hire “people” not robots;   they want to ensure they can work with you and manage you. In a recent survey of 2000 hiring managers, 33% claimed to know whether they would hire someone within 60 seconds.  Even more reason that first impressions are key. 

  1. The Ability to Prioritize

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the variety of job search activities required to generate leads and opportunities and the time invested to follow up to stay top of mind with network contacts, recruiters, and hiring managers. Allocate a specific amount of time each day to your job search and work your marketing plan. Utilize key day time hours for networking and business meetings that will keep you proactive and energized. Use early morning and evening hours for reactive tasks such as searching on line job postings. Monitor and evaluate your activities and prioritize those that generate the best return on investment.  

  1. Initiative

Recall the good ole days when you could list your house on the market and sell it in 45 days?  These days are over just like the days when you submitted your resume in person or on line and were immediately called for several interviews.  Today’s job search requires identifying a variety of strategies and casting a wide net. Relying on the traditional approach of applying for posted positions produces a one in four chance of success and places you in a reactive posture.  Choose to embrace a proactive approach to your search to generate the most effective leads and opportunities. Create a job search strategy that includes daily contacts to employers and network contacts and weekly activities such as business information meetings, industry meetings and networking events. Landing your next position has more to do with timing and being in the right place at the right time.

  1. Commitment To Improvement

Challenge yourself to continuously evaluate your job search tools, skills and activities. Review your resume to ensure it sells your value to the employer. Refine and refresh your LinkedIn profile. Debrief every networking meeting, phone screen and interview to identify areas for improvement. Searching for the ideal job is a fluid process and there is always room for improvement. 

Incorporate these 6 traits into your job search strategy. With perseverance, confidence, initiative and accountability you will make effective use of your time, manage your job search frustration and ideally shorten the time to land your ideal position.

 If you need additional support, seek the services of a career consultant or career management service.

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