Every employer needs different experiences or set of skills from their workers.
But despite your professional background, your character “will have the greatest impact on whether you get the job you want,” says Brian Tracy, author of Earn What You’re Really Worth: maximise Your Income at Any Time in Any Market
And, eventually, whether you’ll be paid what you’re worth.
According to Tracy, here are the seven qualities most in-demand in the workforce, so start making these behaviours a habit:
1. Intelligence. Tracy says that 76 per cent of the productivity and contribution of an employee will be determined by his or her level of intelligence, which is the ability to plan, organise, set priorities, solve problems and to get the job done.
It also refers to your level of common sense and ability to deal with daily challenges. The more curious you are, the more intelligent you supposedly are, so start asking questions.
2. Leadership ability. This means you have a desire to accept responsibility and take charge. Go ahead and start volunteering for those assignments, especially the ones no one else wants. And whatever you do, don’t make excuses. No one cares.
3. Integrity. This is “probably the most important single quality for long-term success in life and at work.” In order to have this, you need to be honest with others and yourself. This will also demonstrate to your employer that you’re loyal.
4. Likability. Like it or not, teamwork is the key to business success and if you can’t show that you can work well with others, this will be a problem.
“Employers are looking for people who can join the team and be part of the work family.”
5. Competence. This is the characteristic that sets entrepreneurs apart from other smart people: The ability to get the job done. This means you can set priorities, separate the relevant from the irrelevant tasks and concentrate “single-mindedly until the job is complete.”
6. Courage. This means you are willing to take risks and accept challenges even when there is a “high degree of uncertainty and the possibility of failure.”
Tracy says to demonstrate this in a job interview by asking “frank and direct questions about the company, the position, and the future that you might have with the organisation.”
7. Inner strength. If you have inner strength, you have an “ability to persevere in the face of adversity” and you’ll be persistent when things don’t go as planned. Stay calm and cool and you’re employer will notice.
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