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Successful Employee Characteristics for Job Seekers

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					Successful Employee Characteristics for Job
Seekers
Today's work environment is very competitive and demanding for both the employed and the
unemployed. Many employees today are looking over their shoulder waiting for the next shoe to
drop - theirs. They are looking for ways to enhance their professional profile and increase their
value in the company.

Many of the same performance practices employees can use to enhance their professional profile
should be utilized by the job seeker to increase their effectiveness in their career search. Five of
the most successful techniques are:

Be positive - Maintaining a positive attitude will help to set you above other job seekers. We like
to be around people who are optimistic. Employers are looking for individuals who can bring a
positive change to the work environment. They have a problem, a job opening, and many would
like to hire someone who has an encouraging, confident and constructive attitude. As a job
seeker, maintaining a positive attitude is of supreme importance. It is very easy to be influenced
by external negative stimulus. This can be a valuable "talking point" during the interview of how
you sustain and cultivate your optimism during the demanding job search.

Be a self-promoter - One of the first tasks any job seeker completes should be a list of
accomplishments, awards and recognition achievements. Employers are looking for these items
on the resume not a list of job duties and responsibilities. Every job seeker should have one to
three accomplishments for every position held for over a year. This even includes the time spent
looking for a position. Providing one or two achievements, such as earning a degree or
certificate, volunteering for a community project or learning a foreign language, demonstrates
your professionalism and drive to a prospective employer. Keep a list of your accomplishments
handy or be ready to summarize your skills and abilities on a moments notice. Learn to talk
about yourself in a confident and calm manner, not boasting or bragging, but providing
information on your skills and abilities.

Nurture and Expand Network - One of the most important influences on the job seeker's
ability to find a new position is the utilization of their network. As a professional it is important
to give to others. Some do this through professional (CPA, NSBE, etc.) or community
organizations (Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, local technical schools, etc.) or quietly as a
mentor or advisor. As a job seeker, it is the time to ask for help as well as give help. Continue to
nurture and expand your network, especially during this difficult time. On a positive note,
individuals love to help others. Graciously allow others to help you and return the favor as soon
as possible.

Develop New Competencies - As a job seeker, time is one of the most important and easily
mishandled resources. Learn to invest some time in yourself. Spend a dedicated amount in
developing a new skill or upgrading an old one. While it is important for each employee to
perform the tasks listed on their job descriptions, many employers are looking for individuals
who go beyond their job responsibilities to create a more dedicated, versatile or successful team.
Developing this behavior during your job search highlights your motivation and professionalism
to employers. Continue to invest in yourself and the company in your new position.

Creative Thinking - Most companies exist because they offer a solution to a problem.
Employers are looking for employees who can solve problems. As a job seeker, search for new
methods or techniques to help in your career search. Learn and implement different problem
solving techniques in your quest for a new position. Discover which methods work best for you.
Discuss how you have implemented creative problem solving in your career search during the
interview. This will help to showcase your abilities to solve problems and find solutions.

Implementing the five characteristics above will help the job seeker create a meaningful and
successful career search. Continuing these techniques as an employee will enhance your
professionalism and value.

By Joy Jung

				
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