There’s a good chance that you’ve read countless articles and blog posts about how to get hired. In fact, some of those articles might have been on this very blog.
As you’ve read these blog posts, you’ve also no doubt compiled a long list in your mind about everything that makes you an attractive candidate:
- “Hard skills”
- “Soft skills”
- Emotional intelligence
- A history of past successes
- Great references
- Etc., etc.
And yes, it’s true that all of those things work in your favor during the interviewing and hiring process. They are all valuable characteristics and traits to possess. And they definitely play a factor when it comes to who gets hired and who does not.
However, there is one trait that stands out among the rest. This is a trait that all organizations crave from their employees. Consequently, it’s also a trait that they crave in the people that they’re considering making their employees.
Presenting the #1 trait that makes you hire-worthy: the ability to solve problems.
At first glance, you might think that to be a trivial thing, but it is most certainly not. That’s because employers of all shapes and sizes have no end of problems that need solving. Not only that, but these problems occur on an everyday basis.
Problems pop up when they’re least expected. The employees who can “think on their feet” and solve those problems quickly are the ones considered to be the most valuable.
Talent and experience are important. There is no doubt about that. However, an employee who is talented and experienced, but lacks the ability to solve problems is not as valuable as an employee who can. So it makes sense that companies want to hire as many “problem solvers” as possible.
So if you consider yourself to be a problem solver, then you need to put that to good use during your job search. Here are some ways:
- Identify situations in your work history where you did solve an important problem for an employer. Document as much of that situation as you can, and if appropriate, include it on your resume.
- Instruct your references to include your problem-solving skills if a prospective employer contacts them about you.
- Be prepared to answer interview questions in such a way as to illustrate how you have solved problems for past and current employers.
Basically, employers want to hire people who can think for themselves. Sure, being able to take direction is a good attribute in an employee. However, sometimes there isn’t enough time in the workplace for somebody to wait around for instruction. If an important problem needs to be solved and solved immediately, those employees who can think for themselves and solve the problem are more highly valued.
And if you don’t believe that you’re much of a problem solver, there are steps you can take to become better. That’s another reason why it’s important to invest in your yourself and your career by engaging in continuous training.
When you’re always striving to become better, you’re always adding value to yourself as a potential employee. And value is what every company wants.
Time Staffing can help you find your next great employment opportunity!