Qualities That Matter To Prospective Employers

Qualities That Matter To Prospective Employers

Martin Yate, CPC

Companies have very limited interests: making money, saving money (the same as making money), and saving time (which also makes money).

Actually, you wouldn’t want it any other way, since this keeps those paychecks coming your way. Developing business values that demonstrate sensitivity to the profit imperative of a business endeavor is the mark of a true professional.

1. Productivity: Always work towards enhanced productivity through efficiencies of time, resources, money, and effort.

2. Economy: Most problems have two solutions, and the expensive one isn’t always the best. Ideas of efficiency and economy should engage your creative mind in ways that others would not consider.

3. Procedures: You should recognize the need for procedures and understand that they are implemented only after careful thought.

Understand and always follow the chain of command. Don’t implement your own “improved” procedures or organize others to do so unless you’ve squared it with the higher-ups.

As you develop this suite of transferable skills, learned behaviors, and professional values your confidence in taking on new challenges will grow.

You ask questions, look at challenges calmly and at mistakes squarely, and make changes to eradicate those mistakes. In short, you develop the quiet confidence of a professional who can deliver the goods.

Your technical skills may help get you an interview, but if you want to set off light bulbs in the interviewer’s head and get that job, you must show you can do what it takes to help the company make money.

Martin Yate, CPC, author of Knock 'em Dead: Secrets & Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World, is a New York Times and international bestseller of job search and career management books. He is the author of 11 job search and career management books published throughout the English speaking world and in over 50 foreign language editions. Over thirty years in career management, including stints as an international technology headhunter, head of HR for a publicly traded company and Director of Training and Development for an international employment services organization.