What Employers Want to See:
A Guide to Standing Out in the Job Market
For job seekers looking for careers, standing out among the competition is crucial. But how do you showcase what makes you unique?
Knowing what attributes employers want to see in candidates can help create resumes and cover letters that will get noticed. Here’s what future employers want to see in candidates and job seekers.
Skills and Traits
These skills and traits can also help you hit a homerun in that interview. So, what are employers looking for in their top candidates?
- Technical skills: Employers want candidates with the specific skills required to perform the job. This can include knowledge of software programs, data analysis, and other specialized skills related to the industry.
- Soft skills: Employers value soft skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management. These skills can help candidates work effectively with others, navigate challenging situations, and contribute to a positive work environment.
- Adaptability: Employers want employees who are adaptable and can handle change. They want people willing to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities as needed. Most potential employers will do reference checks as part of the pre-screening process. Reference checks often lead to conversations about how abaptable you are, how do you get along with others, do you have a sense of humor, are you easy to work with, and other soft skills oriented questions.
- Leadership: Employers often look for candidates who demonstrate leadership skills, even if the job they’re applying for isn’t a management position. How does the candidate delegate tasks, motivate others, and make decisions.
- Cultural fit: Employers also want candidates who would be a good fit with the company culture. This can include shared values, work ethic, and communication style.
- Education and experience: Not always necessary for entry-level positions, employers often look for candidates with relevant education or work experience.
- Creativity: Finally, employers value candidates that are creative and have an innovative approach to their work. This can help companies stay competitive and develop new ideas and solutions.
- Military Experience: Military experience is often overlooked. But well-informed employers know that veterans bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the table. They could be hard skills that you may have learned or softer skills such as discipline, leadership, and organization.
Show your Achievements
Showcasing your achievements on your resume is essential because it shows employers how you have added value in your past roles and what you can bring to their organization. Whenever possible, use numbers and data to showcase your accomplishments. For example, instead of saying “increased sales,” say “increased sales by 20% over six months.”
Why You Are Unique
To stand out from the crowd, wherever possible, point out what makes you unique. Try to personalize the application and showcase what makes you a qualified candidate. Show your personality during the process. Employers want to know the candidate’s authentic self and want to work with people who have different perspectives.
Working with a reputable staffing agency is a great way to find a new position in your area. Recruiters work with area employers to find top-quality candidates for open roles. When a recruiter submits a resume, they endorse you as a candidate and will support you throughout the process.
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