What do employers want? This is the maddening question that every job seeker is trying to answer – as a travel recruitment specialist, I see plenty of people scratching their heads when they are applying for travel jobs, trying to figure out what the potential employer really wants from them. Of course, most job adverts will have a long list of requirements, but these don’t tell the whole story. While the skills and experience listed in the advert are likely to be important to an employer (and sometimes essential for the position), every employer will be faced with a large pile of CVs that match the job requirements. It is at the interview stage when your employer will try and gain a better idea of who you are, and if they really want to employ you. Of course, your potential employer is looking to see proof of the skills you mention in your CV, but they are also looking for some crucial personal characteristics as well. Whether you are applying for a travel job or in any other industry, here are Top 7 Qualities Employers are Looking for in Candidates.
An employee who is enthusiastic and has a positive attitude in the workplace is worth their weight in gold. Enthusiastic people work hard, learn quickly and aren’t discouraged by setbacks, but more importantly, they create a positive atmosphere in the workplace, improving morale and encouraging others around them to work hard as well.
Strong Work Ethic
Enthusiasm is a great quality to have, but if a person is always flitting from one project to another without finishing anything, that’s not as useful. Employers are looking for workers who are hard working and can follow through and complete tasks that they are assigned to do.
The majority of employees are reluctant to display initiative outside of their area of expertise – they simply want to clock in, do their work, and clock out again. The truly valuable employees can display a willingness to get involved with numerous projects, to help and encourage others, and to find creative solutions to difficult problems.
When you travel to your job, are you often late for work? Do you take numerous sick days? If so, that’s a bad sign for an employer. Businesses in the UK lose over £13 billion every year from absent and late employees – even if you are hugely talented and highly experienced, if your employer is always having to find people to cover for you and work around your late arrival, you aren’t likely to be a good investment for them.
Great Communication Skills
Almost every job will depend on a good level of interaction with co-workers. Employees are looking for people who can express themselves clearly and accurately, both in writing and in speaking, and just as importantly who can listen, learn, and follow instructions.
These are all qualities to reference in your CV and to try and demonstrate in an interview, but they are also important to work on in your existing employment – they’ll make you a better (and in all likelihood, a happier) employee. I’ve helped many people to get their ideal travel job, and it is invariably the candidates who have these five characteristics who are most likely to succeed.
This illustrates one of the advantages of the introduction of flexible working in that it allows employees to develop and learn, which will enhance their future career options and help them stand out as candidates when they start looking for the next step on their career path.
Flexible working can also make it easier to manage responsibilities outside work, perhaps small children or a relative who needs some daily care. It does, however, also mean developing new behaviours for managing one’s time and work flow. Employers interviewing candidates for a position that requires flexible working will want to see evidence that the person they are interviewing can handle the demands of this kind of work culture.Flexible working requires the ability to keep an open mind is important s and to be able to integrate new information. It is often necessary to be able to switch between the details and the bigger picture.It requires an ability to be receptive to change and respond positively to being asked to learn new ways for meeting targets. Flexible workers need to be creative and not afraid to improvise or experiment.Participating in a job share requires not only efficiency but also good communication skills so that tasks can be handed back and forth smoothly without disrupting the work flow.
Remote working and self discipline.
It is important to be able to focus and to ignore distractions. It helps to have a room set aside in which to work not only because it will make it easier to concentrate but also because it will help those with whom the remote worker lives to respect that their housemate or family member is still working even if they are at home. The candidate being interviewed for a position that is set up to be flexible may need to give examples of their ability to cope with this work culture even if it is one they have not previously experienced.