What do employers' value? What are they really looking for? As a job seeker, employee, and/or a business of one, you will want to develop and promote the following 10 qualities in terms that are quantifiable and meaningful to your future or current boss.
1. Adaptability. How well do you adjust to changes, small and large? Can you switch priorities rapidly and without complaint? When you understand personal motivators, you find a way to make change work for you and others.
2. Accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Organizations are acquiring more data due to technology. Tools such as customer relationship databases, newsletter subscribers, website analytics, surveys, and social media followers each require interpretation. Making sense out of it all takes an analytical approach, therefore you will want to develop your ability to translate information into meaningful return on investment data.
3. Communication. There are more communication vehicles today and each has a different purpose. Not to mention people have different preferences. Be able to master as many as possible and know how and when to use each for maximum results.
4. Critical thinking. How well do you use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions or approaches to problems? Good to Great by Jim Collins shows you how success isn't always about being the best, it is about doing the right things.
5. Collaboration. Cooperating with others and being a likeable team member has become important as departments and divisions and groups build solutions together. Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Alltop.com, suggests that being likable and trustworthy, plus framing a cause that others can embrace can change hearts, minds, and actions.
6. Entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur has a determination and hunger to succeed. They have a sense of ownership to the project or task and will do almost anything to make it successful.
7. Global citizenship. We are no longer isolated countries. We are a global community providing services and products without boundaries. Just read Thomas L. Friedman's The World Is Flat to better understand how and why this has occurred and will continue to exist.
8. Innovation. Challenge the status quo. To grow and compete, individuals and organizations need to innovate or develop and implement new ideas.
9. Leadership. As a leader of yourself or a leader of others, growing strong leadership skills will help you thrive and survive. The organizations that embrace today's leadership style are not using control and command techniques. They build a culture of mutual respect based on a common mission and vision and each individual is empowered to take ownership.
10. Productivity and accountability. At the end of the day, what matters to an organization is profitability. Can you track your productivity to the bottom line? Are you holding yourself and others accountable for not just meeting, but exceeding expectations?