It is a conversation had by employers and hiring managers all over: It is difficult to find good people these days. With the “skills gap” growing larger and larger for manufacturing and skilled trades, employers are considering less-than-qualified candidates for general and managerial roles. How do you get in on that action if you’re one of those “less-than-qualified” folks? Get noticed through these simple, zero-talent-required (but highly desired) traits:

  1. Arrive on time- This is a simple one, but something that can set you apart (good or bad) from your peers at work. Arriving on time to events, appointments, and even work can be a struggle for some (we all know that person!) but reliability is a trait that is highly sought after . Being punctual is not a matter of talent or skill, but rather the importance of your time and your respect for others’ time.
  2. Attitude – This goes along with another recent blog post, but attitude is everything! Having a more open-minded approach to work tasks or responding positively to constructive criticism will take you far in any organization. While most might become defensive when receiving  constructive criticism or in a group discussion, being able to respond rather than react is an important distinction.
  3. Being flexible- Many employers have to be “reactive” to the needs of customers, clients, or business climate. Sometimes, that means quickly changing gears, completing a special project, or working extra hours. Chances are, your manager is stressed about some of these changes in workload- being flexible and supportive during these challenges is a great way to get noticed!

If you’re seeking new employment, contact us– we are happy to help! APS is locally-owned employment agency specializing in permanent placement in the Western New York and Erie, PA area

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