Social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook are leading the way in how employers approach the task of hiring new talent for their organization. While degrees still matter, they aren’t the be-all-end-all of your earning potential.
Likewise, the internet is a place where someone with modest beginnings can launch their own online business and get met with explosive success. Again, it’s not necessarily because they have a lot of technical training or education. More likely, it’s because they possess specific characteristics or attributes that enable them to get ahead.
Also, known as soft skills.
The following four personal attributes are the key to success, no matter what your career aspirations are.
Enthusiasm is sometimes referrers to as a “can-do attitude” or a “positive outlook” on job listings. These are the people who take pride in their work and put forth their best effort each day. They care about what they’re doing because they believe in it.
Enthusiastic people are also more likely to be optimistic and confident about what they can bring to the table. They are the “A players” – one of the most desirable things an employee can be.
Change is terrifying for a lot of people. The ability to embrace change is one of the crucial attributes that separates the doers from the dreamers. Adapters are the ones who rise to the challenge when others are reluctant to try anything outside their job description. They’re the indispensable ones in the office, who can don different “hats” to get the job done. They’re also brave enough to leap into something different entirely.
Whether it’s making the tough choice to leave a job you’ve been in forever or taking on a new set of responsibilities, being prepared to adapt to new situations is a must.
For many of us, it can be challenging to take a step back and look at ourselves objectively. For example, the same constructive criticism that’s an insult to one person is welcome feedback to someone with a high EQ.
This self-awareness also helps them to read social situations and leverage them to their advantage. (For example, knowing the right time and place to ask for a raise or promotion!)
People with high EQ are less affected by high-stress situations and are empathetic – yet assertive when they need to be. Their ability to collaborate well with others also helps with their ability to network, which is an ideal skill to have to launch a new business!
In short, we’re talking about having the skills to solve problems. On a job listing, this characteristic is often gets expressed as seeking an “independent worker.”
Analytical intellectuals approach problems in a logical, systematic way, and connect concepts to find solutions without the assistance of others. It goes hand-in-hand with lateral thinking, which approaches issues from a different perspective to derive logic-based solutions.
People with strong problem-solving skills can “see the big picture” and take the time to understand how their interactions with clients and colleagues relate to the business.
Just like you would hard-skills, sharpen your soft skills with training and practice. In today’s competitive job market, soft-skills can make or break you when an employer is choosing between you and someone else. And if you have already had one or more of these strengths, don’t be afraid to put it on your resume!
If you’re striking out your own, these factors arguably become even more critical.
No matter what your goals, you already have a leg up if you have the passion for driving you, the optimism to succeed, the self-awareness to learn from your mistakes, and the right thought process to overcome challenges.