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12 qualities that employers are looking for – and how you highlight them

Responsible, positive and flexible – do you recognize these qualities? Then you have a greater chance of getting a job. Here are the qualities ranked highest by employers.

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Looking for a job can be a tricky process and it is not always easy to know how to best show your good sides to a potential employer. Identifying one’s strengths is a good starting point for job seekers – but which qualities are actually most attractive in the eyes of employers?

That’s what employers are looking for

An earlier compilation of the qualities that employers think are most important in job applicants, produced by the TCO Trade Union with the help of Statistics Norway, showed that qualities such as responsibility, positive and flexible are some of the most sought-after qualities in an employee.

The job site Indeed lists similar traits, with work ethic and discipline as some of the most highly rated traits.

Here are some of the positive qualities that employers look for:

1. Work ethic

2. Taking responsibility

3. Discipline

4. Positivity

5. Loyalty

6. Flexibility

7. Ambition

8. Honesty

9. Independence

10. Confidence

11. Taking the initiative

12. Stress tolerance

How do you highlight your strengths?

Start by writing down 3-5 characteristics that suit you and that feel relevant to your industry. If you’re not sure what your strengths are, think about positive feedback you’ve received earlier in your career.

An online test can also help you find out what you’re good at, as well as your interests outside of work.

Once you’ve identified your strengths, it’s time to highlight them. You can partly do this through your CV or cover letter, but also at a job interview:

Prepare some examples of situations where you have demonstrated a couple of the above qualities, preferably with a high relevance in relation to the job you are applying for. You can weave these into the answers as you practice answering common questions at a job interview.

Preparing for the interview also makes you feel more confident – ​​something that always makes a good impression.

Which impressions of a job seeker have the most negative significance for the employer?

1. Uncommitted

2. Negative

3. Careless

4. Untended

5. Unindependent

6. Unstructured

7. Badly read

8. Stressed

9. Forward-looking

10. Poor self-confidence

Sources: Subway Jobs, Indeed

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