The following is a list of characteristics that employers value when hiring and evaluating employees. They are in order of importance:
Interesting list, isn’t it? It doesn’t say grades in school. It doesn’t say technical skill. It doesn’t say good looks or natural intelligence.
Employers place value on this list of characteristics because finding people who model them is getting harder to do.
Now, let’s look at the list again. After each one, let’s name the person who can most help you attain all of them. See if you agree.
You get the point.
Don’t get me wrong – intelligence matters. Education carries inherent value. You come with rich experiences. It will have an impact.
But many, many jobs come with this idea: Give me someone with these characteristics, and we will teach them the job. And we will win.
This is a good checklist. Take a look at the list. Do a gut check. If you fall short, address it. Begin a new habit.
You will be better for it.
So will we.