After the recent economic recession of 2008, Ireland’s economy is booming. The country achieved the fastest growing economy in the eurozone for a fourth straight year. As the country is experiencing its most flourishing period in the last 20 years, employers are looking for more and more employees. However, the recruitment of good employees seems to be the biggest problem employers have to face these days. One of the most common phrases said by employers is as follows: “There just is not anybody out there who is worth hiring these days.” Nowadays, while it is still valid to say that the most important factors when hiring a new employee are his qualifications and experience (“hard skills”), employers jointly emphasize the significance of personal qualities (“soft skills”). This article is going to deal with the latter. According to a 2014 survey by CareerBuilder, 77 percent of employers consider “soft skills” just as important as hard skills when it comes to evaluating candidates for a job, and 16 percent of the 2,138 managers surveyed say soft skills are even more important than hard skills. In this article, we are going to go through the top 7 personal qualities which a perfect employee should possess.
To be punctual is one of the most underestimated factors when people want to be a good employee. If you come late to your work almost everyday, it says something about your personality. In fact, if you are not able to be on time for your work, why should the employer trust you to be on time for an important meeting with a client or with the deadline of a significant project. As a result, not only you will not get more responsibility, you can say goodbye to your promotion. Moreover, you will be probably the first person to be fired when the market is in recession. Therefore, never ever be late!
2. Hard work, self-discipline and commitment
The best employees are hard workers. They begin to work earlier and stay longer than the others. They are self-disciplined so much that the employer does not even think about looking after them to make sure that they are not on Facebook or wasting their time otherwise while being at work. Furthermore, they are committed. It means that they would do whatever it takes to get the job done, no matter what.
Perfect employees know that self-image is important for the marketplace. Whether we like it or not, everybody judges others‘ appearance. It is said that the first impression is the cornerstone of a successful deal. In fact, various studies have shown that the first impression is made during the first seven seconds of meeting a person. The perfect employee should be aware of the appropriate dress code, personal hygiene, grooming, the customs of different cultures and his body language. Remember, you have only one shot to make the first impression!
In today’s competitive world, you have to have a lot of energy in order to work to the maximum. The best employees take care of themselves. They go to bed early in order to get sufficient sleep. They exercise regularly and fuel they body with healthy food and drink a lot of water. They know the more energy they have, the more productive they will be.
5. Positivity – creating a good environment
The perfect employees always see the glass half full rather than half empty. It is a pleasure to work with them because they always smile and are in a good mood. If you are an optimist, not only people will like to work with you, but also they will give you a hand with your career progression.
An employee can have all the talent in the world, but without integrity and authenticity, nothing great will be accomplished. Integrity is the ability to be true to yourself. You should be always honest, no matter the price. Moreover, if you are loyal to your employer and your customers, it is very likely that you will attract more opportunities and people will like to work with you. Do not be afraid to give credit to others if they did a great job. Do not be jealous of the success of others, do not complain about anything and do not gossip about your colleagues, but be helpful to them and you would be surprised how many of them will help you in the future.
7. Continuous learning
The ideal employee is eager to learn new things. He asks his employer for opportunities of career growth, moreover, he takes all courses, seminars and regularly reads books related to his field. Learning should not stop after university graduation. In this competitive world, you have to know more about your field than your competition if you want to win this race. Always be curious about new things! There is always more to learn, the sky is the limit!
Of course, there are many more soft skills you can work on. However, these seven key skills can be a good guidance for a successful career. The more you will apply them to your everyday life, the more in-demand you will become as an employee.
by Jaroslav Lubocky