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Presenting the #1 Trait That Job Seekers Want

In our previous blog post, we addressed the “#1 Trait That Makes You Hire-Worthy.” We identified that trait as the ability to solve problems.

This week, we’re going to “flip the script,” so to speak. That’s because we’re going to address the #1 trait that job seekers want. And once again, there are many things that job seekers crave when they look for new employment:

  • More money
  • Better benefits
  • A flexible schedule
  • Better work-life balance
  • Etc., etc.

And while those things are attractive, there’s something else that job seekers (and employees, for that matter) crave. They want to work for an organization that listens to what they have to say and values their opinion. In other words, they want to be heard.

You might have heard this edict: “People don’t quit their jobs, they quit their bosses.”

And why do they quit their bosses? Many times, they do so because they feel as though their boss or immediate supervisor doesn’t listen to them or value their opinion. When that happens, they feel that what they’re doing doesn’t matter, that they’re not taken seriously, and that they’re not part of an organization that truly cares about them.

This entire topic speaks to company culture, which has become more important for employers over the past several years. We’ve touched upon the topic before in this blog, most recently with “Hiring with the Company Culture in Mind.” In that post, we discussed hiring job seekers who will mesh well with the current company culture.

However, this is not a one-way street. An organization must cultivate an appealing company culture for a number of practice reasons, two of which are as follows:

  1. To ensure the satisfaction and engagement of current employees
  2. To attract job seekers who might become future employees

The bottom line is that job seekers and employees want to feel as though they’re part of something and that they belong. They don’t want to feel like outsiders. (When you think about it, who does?) They don’t want to feel as though nobody is interested in their opinion and nobody wants to hear what they have to say.

With this in mind, it’s important that all managers and department heads approach their teams in a positive fashion and deal with them accordingly. That means listening to what they have to say, considering their input, and providing respectful feedback.

It also means communicating this message to job seekers during the interviewing and hiring process and letting them know how the organization deals and operates with its employees. While a flexible schedule is appealing, job seekers want to work for an organization that they know value their input and respect their commitment.

As an organization, you want employees who are going to solve problems. As job seekers, they want to work for a company that treats them with respect and values their contributions. When both find what they’re looking for in each other, it’s truly a win-win employment situation.

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