What Employers Want – Part I
Want to trade in your “candidate” status for “employee” status? Candidates who possess the sought-after traits employers are looking for, won’t be “candidates” for long. And increasingly those traits are coming in under the heading “soft skills,” as employers realize how essential this intangible set of skills is in today’s workforce. “Most companies are hiring talent based on soft skills like attitude and hard work, with the hope that they can train them to be up to par on things like tech skills and industry knowledge," said Davis Bell, Instructure's vice president of corporate markets. Especially where entry-level positions are concerned, many employers have chosen to overlook a lack of exact experience in favor of an abundance of soft skills. “We look for candidates with a solid foundation of soft skills and trust so that the rest can be built upon it,” says Emőke Starr, Head of HR at Prezi. Let’s zero in on those sought-after characteristics this week and next, beginning with the three E’s every employer desires from those on his/her payroll.
- Enterprising – having or showing initiative and resourcefulness.
- Eagerness – having or showing keen interest, intense desire
- Engaged – the extent to which an employee feels commitment and passion toward their job