These are the traits employers frequently seek in candidates:*
- Ability to communicate. Can you organize your thoughts and ideas effectively, and express them clearly and persuasively?
- Intelligence. Can you understand the job assignment and contribute original ideas to your work?
- Self-confidence. Do you demonstrate a sense of maturity that enables you to deal positively and effectively with situations and people?
- Willingness to accept responsibility and show initiative. Can you determine what needs to be done, and are you willing to take action to ensure it gets done?
- Leadership. Can you guide and direct others to obtain the recognized objectives?
- Energy level. Do you demonstrate a forcefulness and capacity to make things move ahead at an above-average rate?
- Imagination. Can you confront and deal with problems that may not have standard solutions?
- Interpersonal skills. Can you bring out the best efforts of individuals so they become effective, enthusiastic members of a team?
- Flexibility. Are you capable of changing, and being receptive to new situations and ideas?
- Self-knowledge. Can you realistically assess your own capabilities and weaknesses? See yourself as others see you?
- Ability to handle conflict. Can you successfully contend with stressful situations?
- Competitiveness. Do you have the capacity to compete with others? Are you willing to be measured by your performance in relation to that of others?
- Goal achievement. Do you have the ability to identify and work toward specific goals?
- Vocational skills. Do you possess the combination of education and skills required for the position you are seeking?
- Direction. Have you determined what type of position will satisfy your knowledge, skills, and goals?
* Source: The College Placement Council